- The conversation surrounding the remaining 112 Chibok girls in Boko Haram's den is still on
- One of the girls who was released earlier by the terrorist group has made a case for her remaining colleagues
- The girl stated that the silence of the federal government on the issue is killing them
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One of the released Chibok girls on Wednesday, April 14 lamented that the federal government was silent on the release of her colleagues still in the captivity of Boko Haram.
The student, identified as Tabitha Stover, made the comment at the seventh anniversary of the kidnapping hosted by the Allamin Foundation in Maiduguri, Borno state.
She said the federal government’s silence was killing them, adding that their lives had not remained the same since the incident happened. She consequently urged the Federal Government to come to their rescue.
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The Punch quoted her as saying:
“Please our parents are still dying; they don’t have anyone to help. A commoner like me does not have an answer to these questions, but I know that our governors, our president have the answers to these questions but you’re still silent, please are we not a citizen of this country? Let us know that we are slaves.
“Put yourself in our shoes, how will you feel, if we are your children or some that are still in captivity are your children; if you put yourself in our shoes, how will you feel.”
In another report by The Punch, Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, said he can’t imagine the pains of having one’s daughter held by terrorists for seven years.
He, however, said from series of his interactions with President Muhammadu Buhari, he had seen in him that he was as concerned as the parents of the Chibok girls and as well as other Nigerians.
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Meanwhile, speaking on Channels Television this morning, Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of the Bring Back our Girls movement, said the rescue of the Chibok girls is not a privilege, but a right.
“When we make demands for them, we are not doing them a favour, we are simply doing that which is right.
“It is very important and instructive for Nigeria and the world should understand that there are still 112 that are in captivity.”
Also speaking, Ayuba Bassa, a Christian community leader in Gworza, Borno state, said:
“To an average Chibok parent, they do not see the insurgents as their enemy. They see the government as their enemy.”
Meanwhile, parents of the yet-to-be-released 112 girls have declared that they want to see their missing daughters before they die.
One of the parents, Bulama Jonah, whose 18-year-old daughter, Amina, was among the abducted Chibok girls prayed to live and see the return of his daughter, lamenting that it was tragic for parents to die without seeing their children.
Chibok parents: We want to see our daughters before we die
According to him, 17 parents had died since the incident and many others were sick.
In a related development, the presidency on Wednesday, April 14, gave a reassuring report on its efforts to secure the remaining girls.
Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, in a press release, disclosed that the Buhari-led federal government has not and cannot give up on the rescue of the girls.
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