Oby Ezekwesili via her Twitter account on Monday wrote:
“The dreaded Sambisa is massive. 60,000 square kilometers. 18 times the size of Lagos State! All of Lagos is 3,345square km. #BBOG.
“We are doing fine. We returned to Yola after a very full day of learning from NAF & going out with them on a Day Search of Sambisa. #BBOG”
The Federal Government had invited members of the advocacy group to join in a short tour of the Sambisa forest to observe the search by the military for the missing schoolgirls.
Representatives of the BringBackOurGirls Group arrived the north-east alongside a federal government delegation for the tour. The government delegation included the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; his counterpart for Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and the Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar.
The BBOG delegation including the spokesperson of the Chibok community, Dr. Manasseh Allen, coordinator Aisha Yusuf and Ibrahim Usman, led by their coordinator, Dr. Oby Ezekweseli, were flown by two Air Force Beechcraft planes.
The tour team on Monday, were first taken to the Tactical Command Centre, Yola, the Adamawa State capital, from Abuja on an air transport plane Hercules C-130 before the surveillance flight.
On arrival at the Air Force Base in Yola, the Nigerian Air Force briefed the delegation on the military operations so far.
The Commanding Officer, Nurudeen Balogun, an Air Vice Marshal, explained that over N2 billion was spent in 2016 to ensure a functional air component of the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, the code name for the military campaign against the insurgency. Balogun assured the group that efforts were on to find the remaining schoolgirls and other abducted persons.
They returned from the trip at about 6pm on Monday, while another team, comprising of journalists, were on night surveillance.