- A mother to one of the abducted Chibok girls have alleged that the Borno state governor Kashim Shettima is not concerned about the plight of Chibok parents
- Esther Yakubu also alleged that the governor is partial to the people of southern Borno state in various intervention process the state governmnet has rolled out
Mother of one of the abducted Chibok school girls, Dorcas Yakubu has lamented the neglect faced by the Chibok community from the Borno state government.
Esther Yakubu in an interview in Abuja said is not showing any sign of empathy towards the affected parents and plight of people from the North East region.
She however, noted that while the Nigerian government cares less about the rescue of the over 200 abducted girls, the worst challenge faced by the Chibok people is the neglect by the Borno state governor Kashim Shettima.
Esther accused Shettima of favouritism among northern Borno indigenes.
She said: "Since they were kidnapped, our girls matter could just be silenced like that, but only for the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group and the people that are even working hard to see that our girls are back."
She also decried the nonchalance by some Nigerians towards the plea for the speedy rescue of the school girls.
"The federal government is not serious about it, they said it is a frame up. If they people at the top framed it for their selfish interest but we parents do not have anything to do with it," Esther said.
"And the federal government is saying nothing about it, they have been taking everything to the northern (northern part of Borno state).
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"The governor of Borno is even concerned about northern Borno but about the southern Borno he did not say anything about it," Esther continued.
"He said are not destroyed, even rehabilitating it, the southern Borno is not even among them, but the girls are from Chibok and we are from southern Borno," Esther said.
"Go to the outside countries, you will see how they respect this our girls that are missing. They have a day for them, they celebrate days for them but for Nigerians it is only the BBOG," she said.
Also, speaking to Legit.ng, the chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja Tsambido Hosea confirming Esther's complains said: "The Chibok people are neglected because even the recent video, the people barely had access to it."
He said rather than call on the parents or make the video available to those involve, most parents of the girls had to travel far to have access to the video.
"At least, the state government was supposed to call them and ask them some questions, but nobody, they (the parents) had to travel all the way to Mubi where they could have access to this video.
"There is nothing happening in Southern Borno, government is yet to do anything, the government is battling with security, however my people are saying that there are more activities and presence of the state government in the northern Borno," Hosea said.
"Government, have abandoned the parents of the Chibok girls, it was just last week that we met with the officer in charge and she told me that they were going to start work on that Chibok girls now.
"You can imagine, for how long, for two years, and it is now that they are telling me that they are going to start work," he said.
He advised the federal and state government to take into consideration, the parents of the girls who have suffered all manner of stress while calling for adequate social support for various challenges these parents are facing.
But in denial of the allegation,the spokesperson to the governor Isa Gusau said it is not possible that the Borno state government, will abandon its people.
Gusau said: "Anyway, I really doubt if there could be such an allegation from the real people of southern Borno because as we speak, reconstruction works approved by governor Kashim Shettima are ongoing in parts of Pulka and Gwoza town, the two major towns in Gwoza and also reconstructions are ongoing in parts of Damboa, Biu and Hawul which are all in southern Borno."
Besides the issue of reconstructions, the governor has remodelled virtually all the hospitals in southern Borno in 2013. Schools were rebuilt in Hawul, Shani, Biu and many others.
He also noted that before the 2015 general elections, the people of Borno state branded a southern Borno governor due to the attention he gave to that part of the state.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria police has officially banned the BBOG group and other groups or individuals from protesting with the Federal Capital Territory.
The police in a statement signed by the spokesperson for the FCT police command Anjuguri Manzah said it has come to the notice of the police that some individuals or group of people are aimed at disrupting the peace experienced in the city.