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NIGERIA: Wole Soyinka laments Chibok girls’ fate

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has lamented the continued captivity of the missing Chibok girls.

Professor Soyinka said further that the situation was especially worrying due to the fact that no one could say what had become of the girls.

The eminent playwright made the statement on Saturday, June 6, 2015, while giving a speech titled “Faith, Science and Imagination in the Temple of Knowledge” at the convocation ceremony of the Kwara State University,

“It is disheartening that the abducted girls have not been rescued about 60 weeks after their kidnap. The kidnapped pupils were potential doctors when we sent them to take their first qualifying examination; up till today we cannot say whether they are alive, whether they are in slavery or had been sold off,” Soyinka said.

“All we know is that they have been dehumanised, brutalised and their childhood taken away from them. Sometime I wonder whether we are speaking of a remote, newly discovered planet or we are speaking of this very planet on which you and I are standing today,” he added.

The Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants on April 14, 2014 and most of them remain in captivity.

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