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Friday, 26 August 2016

Resign now, Parents of Chibok girls tell Buhari

Frustrated by the failure of the present administration to rescue their children, parents and relatives of the  missing Chibok school girls have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

The relatives, who spoke in Abuja on Thursday, accused the President of not fulfilling his promise to rescue the Chibok during the 2015 electioneering campaign.

It would be recalled that more than 200 girls of Chibok secondary school were abducted from their hostel in April 2014 by the Boko Haram sect, sparking international outrage and pressure on government to ensure their release.

The parents and relatives, who have been protesting in Abuja under the platform of the BringBackOurGirls movement, were stopped from accessing the Presidential Villa in Abuja for the second time in one week.

“Many Chibok parents voted you because we believed that you would ensure the return of our daughters. You promised us that you are a military man and that you cannot lie. You said the war will not be over until the girls are back. Now we hear shouts of victory. And you turn around and say you do not know how to get out daughters.

“Late former Head of State Sani Abacha told us that no group can fight war for up to 24 hours without its government knowing about it. If the President lacks intelligence to bring back the girls let him resign. We have men who can do the job. There is nothing that Nigeria does not have. What is stopping the President from giving the orders,” Enoch Mark, father of two of the girls said in an angry tone.

The mother of Dorcas Yakubu, the girl who spoke in the recent Boko Haram video, urged government to yeild to the Boko Haram demand about the release of the girls.

The sect had given a condition that government must release all the terrorists in detention before the girls are released.

“My daughter pleaded with me to try and see the President personally and talk to him regarding the rescue of the Chibok girls. They named her Maida. I named my daughter, Dorcas, but they changed her name,” she said.

She called on the President’s wife, Hajiya Aisha Muhamnadu Buhari, to listen to the cry of mothers like her and convince her husband to do something about their plight.

Hauwa Abama, another mother of one of the abducted girls, said government was responsible for her predicament.

“Government is the one that has taken my daughter from me,” she said.

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