Tuesday, August 23, 2016

We voted for Buhari because we thought he’d rescue our girls, Chibok parents lament

Tsambido Hosea, leader of Kibaku area development association, says the Chibok community voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general election because he promised to rescue the abducted girls, but he has disappointed them.

Speaking at the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement’s protest in Abuja on Monday, Hosea urged the president to cede Chibok away from Nigeria so that the world could assist the community recover the girls.
“Let them declare us not Nigerian, so that the world would rally around us. They sit at the gate of help and they have not helped us,” he said.

Oby Ezekwesili, BBOG leader, consoles the mother of an abducted Chibok girl while another speaks
“Please give us chance and allow people who are ready to help us. We regret our fault, therefore give us chance so that we go back to these girls. If we perish, we perish.

“We voted the current president wholeheartedly under the promise that he would bring back this girls. Professor Osinbajo was campaigning that General Buhari would go to Sambisa; they promised us that General would go to Sambisa if he came to power.

“Two weeks is enough to get back our girls. Now it is more than one year, and its just excuses and lies. Is it not corruption?”

According to Hosea, the Buhari administration was not fighting against corruption but people “stealing money.”

Also speaking, Oby Ezekwesili assured parents of the abducted girls that the movement would continue its advocacy.

She said the march to the presidential villa would continue every 72 hours until Buhari addresses them with a plan to rescue the girls.

Esther Yakubu, mother of one of the abducted girls, said they had been dealing with emotional stress and would want the president to proffer a solution.

“We also wish to state our dissatisfaction on the recent exposure of Amina Ali Nkeki to media against the advice of our leader in Abuja to the office of the national security adviser, which we earlier on made our position known to the federal government,” she said.

She added that the recent video released by the insurgents should provoke the government to rescue the remaining 218 girls.

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