Monday, 28 July 2014

President Jonathan's visit to abducted Chibok girl's parents didn't change anything!

The Presidential visit to abducted Chibok girls parents finally happened on the but have that changed anything for the parents? Are they more assured of the Government commitment to finding the missing Chibok girls. Members of Chibok community in Borno State have raised a big NO in answer to the questions.
They have lamented that the Presidential visit gave them no hope but rather it was laden with a promissory speech of what will happen when they are found, which the community are weary of hearing. The only change the visit should have made is to show up with the girls or givie more detail of  government effort in rescuing them. Continue

“We all waited patiently for the parents to come and tell us something new concerning the girls but the poor parents rather returned home more confused”, said one Malam Musa, a native of Chibok, who resides in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Musa said all that they expected to hear from the returned parents was how soon the rescue efforts will be and not what the government would do for them if they eventually got rescued.

He argued that similar assurances were given to them by Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, when he met with some 25 escaped girls as well as some of their parents in early June this year at Government House, Maiduguri, all to no avail.

“Our concern is the rescue of the girls whom we fear that their continued stay in the captivity of the terrorists may cause them a lot of physical and psychological harm, and not what the government would do if they eventually got rescued.

“I think there was nothing new which Mr President told the parents and some of the girls at Aso Rock because all those promises made to them had been made about two months ago by Borno State governor who said about N150 million had been set aside by the state government as part of what was to be spent on the girls while the rest would be expended on those in captivity should they eventually get rescued”.

“I think the real issue is not what would be done to assist them, but what is being done to free them which is more important because the longer these young girls stay in captivity, the dangerous it might turn out to be should they eventually return home. If it is what would be done after the rescue, it is not a cheering news as far as we are concerned”, Musa said.

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