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Chibok snubs FG’s offer to rebuild girls’ school

10 March 2015, 07:58Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Indigenes of Chibok community in Borno State have rejected the gesture of the Federal Government to reconstruct the Government Secondary School in Chibok where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted last year.

The indigenes who were led by the Caretaker Chairman of Chibok Council Area, Mallam Ba'ana Lawan, accused government of several “broken promises” regarding the rescue of the girls since their abduction in April.

“It is disheartening to inform you that since the abduction of these girls, the federal government did not bother to send delegations to Chibok to sympathize with the parents, instead, the parents were invited to Abuja and conveyed in cargo military plane with no comfort whatsoever. We still observed that recently, President Goodluck Jonathan visited Mubi and Baga, but failed to visit Chibok to sympathize with our people,” Lawan said.

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He added that the priority should be to get the schoolgirls returned rather than the rebuilding of the destroyed school.

Lawan said the traumatized parents and the entire people of Chibok community only want their children back home.

“We also observed that the President and Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh had severally promised that these girls will soon be released, but is it is now more than 300 days, and nothing of such happened,” he said.

"We thank God and appreciate Governor Kashim Shettima and his wife, Nana Kashim Shettima who did not only visit Chibok when the incident took place, but also secured admission for 59 schoolgirls that escaped from Boko Haram captivity to study in various schools in the country and for all the other assistance the couples have rendered to the parents,” he added.

This past weekend Jonathan sent Minister of State for Power, AlhajiMohammed Wakil, to reassure the community of the safe return of the abducted students but it appears the gesture came too little too late.  

- CAJ News


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