Chibok Parents: We Want to See Our Daughters Before we Die

Chibok Parents: We Want to See Our Daughters Before we Die

- It's now seven years since young school girls were whisked away by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, a town in Borno state

- Despite the release of some of the girls, about 112 girls kidnapped are still in captivity of the terrorists

- Some others were, however, lucky to have escaped themselves from the terrorist camp

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Parents of the yet-to-be-released 112 girls kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno state said they want to see their missing daughters before they die.

Daily Trust reports that since the incident which sparked global outrage, some of the parents have died of natural causes and others due to depression.

Those still alive said they were optimistic their daughters were alive and called on the federal government to rescue them.

Chibok Parents: We Want to See Our Daughters Before we Die
President Muhammadu Buhari had promised his administration will ensure the release of all the girls. Photo credit: @MBuhari
Source: Twitter

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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.

According to him, 17 parents had died since the incident and many others were sick.

He, therefore, appealed to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to do more in its efforts to defeat Boko Haram and rescue their children.

He added that families were in confusion in the absence of any communication from the government on the whereabouts of the girls.

Musa, whose daughter was 18-year-old at the time of the abduction said life had never been the same.

His words:

“I always dream that my daughter is back and pray the federal government will rescue them before we die.”

Nigerian Tribune reports that global watchdog, Amnesty International said the Chibok incident is a saddening tally of abductions in the last four months, starting from December 2020.

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According to the international body, about 640 students, have gone through the torture of being in bandits’ cells, at different times, before some eventually breathed the air of freedom. 

Some Nigerians have been sharing their thoughts on the 7-year long abduction on social media.

Ayomide Akindele wrote on Twitter:

“It's 7 years now since the abduction of Chibok girls. Such a failed state!”

Emma Too wrote:

“It’s been 7yrs since the Chibok Girls were kidnapped. I can’t imagine what their families have been going through since, the pain and agony for seven years.
“In the Western world, such people who commit such crimes are called pedophiles, we have to address the issue as it is!”

Manasseh Allen wrote:

“No human being deserves to be abducted what more of remaining with terrorists for 7 years. Had the Nigerian government handled the Chibok Girls abduction with the urgency it deserved, we wouldn't have had Dapchi, Kankara, Kagara, Jangebe, and now Afaka 39. We as a nation would have ended Boko Haram terrorists.”

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Meanwhile, kidnapping is now the order of the day in Nigeria, and even security personnel are not spared.

Just this week, bandits abducted a Nigerian soldier in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital

Two men reported the abduction, spurring counter-terrorism and anti-kidnapping police personnel as well as local hunters and vigilantes into action.

Last weekend, bandits kidnapped about 15 passengers along the Tsakskiya-Ummadau road in Safana local government area of Katsina state.

The passengers were travelling in a commercial vehicle with registration number KZR 345ZT, when they were ambushed by the bandits on Sunday, April 11.


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