Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday sent food items, N5.6 million cash and a delegation of commissioners and a lawmaker, to support the agonising parents of 112 schoolgirls kidnapped from the community six years ago by Boko Haram terrorists.
The visit was to mark six years since the unfortunate inciden of April 14, 2014.
A prayer session was also held in Chibok for the girls and their parents.
The commissioners for education, women affairs, poverty alleviation and the member, representing Chibok at Borno assembly, delivered Governor Zulum’s message of empathy, hope and assurance; and also presented 500 bags of rice (25kg), 250 gallons of cooking oil and N5.6m cash as social support for parents of the 112 girls still held by Boko Haram.
Majority of the parents are subsistence farmers, whose productivity has been affected by agony.
Boko Haram insurgents, had on April 14, 2014, attacked Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok and took away over 200 schoolgirls from their hostels.
They were to write the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination. 219 of them were held by the insurgents. Rescue efforts and largely mediated negotiations between the Buhari administration and the insurgents has led to the release of 107 in batches of 1 in May 2016; 21 in October, 2016 and 82 in January 2017 respectively, leaving 112 still missing.
Buhari, Zulum share pains of parents
Borno State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Bello Ayuba, told parents and community members at Chibok, that being fathers of female children, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Zulum would never give up on the rescue of the remaining schoolgirls.
“Governor Zulum has asked us to inform you that in all his meetings with President Buhari, the President has consistently showed concern and commitment to the rescue of the missing girls. The President and the Governor are fathers, with daughters. They know how you feel and they share your pains. They will never give up on the rescue of our daughters.
“No sane parent will give up on a missing child. They are committed and by the grace of God, these girls will be rescued alive. The Governor sends his empathy, and as you all have seen in his activities and visits to Chibok, the Governor holds Chibok very dear to his heart. Let us remain hopeful and prayerful, while our leaders sustain their concerted efforts” Ayuba said.
Commissioner for Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, and the Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Nuhu Clark, who hail from Chibok took turns to support and raise the spirits of the parents.
Zulum has demonstrated empathy- parents say
The parents of the 112 missing schoolgirls, in turn, lauded Governor Zulum for his compassion towards them.
Yakubu Keke, who spoke on their behalf, said Zulum’s interest in the development of Chibok and the rest of Borno is clear to everyone.
He said the parents are grateful to the Governor for his show of concern, urging him and the President to remain determined in trying to rescue the missing girls.