Bring Back Our Daughters Before Leaving Office, Chibok School Girls’ Parents Tell Buhari

Parents of the remaining abducted Chibok School girls have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to bring back their daughters before leaving office in May 2023.
Recall that on the night of April 14/15, 2014, 276 female students aged between 16 to 18 were kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, from the Government Girls’ Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.
At least, scores of the girls are still in captivity and have not been found eight years after.
However, the parents, in a letter written to the President and obtained by newsmen dated  December 30, 2022, lamented that many of the captured girls by the Boko Haram sect are still in the captivity of the abductors to date.
The letter was signed by Yana Galang and Zanna Lawan on behalf of the parents of the abducted Chibok girls and made available to journalists on Saturday.
According to the letter, titled: “Bring Back Our Daughters Before You Leave Office,” the parents said that Buhari had promised to rescue all the girls as he took over power in 2015.
Wishing the President compliments of the season, and a more fulfilling New Year, the girls’ parents said as the New Year marked hope and redemption, it was their sincere hope and prayer that Nigeria is lifted out of its current challenges.
“Mr. President, we would like to remind you of the promises you made to us to rescue the remaining kidnapped daughters, as we acknowledge your efforts and express our sincere gratitude to your administration for your past effort.
“However, we request that you fulfill your promise and return our daughters to us, even if this is going to be the last act of your Presidency.
“During your inaugural speech on May 29, 2015, you said and quote: “But we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents, this government will do all it can to rescue them alive.”
“Recalling your words on April 14, 2019, five years after the abduction of our daughters, you further promised and we quote: “We will not rest until all the remaining girls are back and reunited with their families. I made this promise when I became President, and I will keep it.”
“Mr. President, you reassured us that our daughters will be reunited with us. On April 14, 2021, a statement titled: “Chibok Girls Still on Our Minds,” was released and you further reminded us of your promise and reassured us that all our girls will be rescued and reintegrated into their communities,” the concerned parents stated.
According to the girl’s parents: “Of the 276 girls that were abducted in 2014, they were disheartened that eight years later and a few months before the end of this administration, 96 of them remained in Boko Haram captivity, subjected to the unimaginable ordeal and abuse in the hands of their captors.
“Mr. President, you promised to be the light that would illuminate our darkness, end our writhing pains, dry our tears, and free us from the shackles of sadness, sorrow, and anguish this trajectory has brought into our existence. When we marked the eighth year remembrance of the abduction, we didn’t think we would hold any more commemoration, and the truth is that we don’t want to.
“Collectively, we say eight years is too long for a child to be denied the love and care of her family. We, therefore, demand that you make true to your promise and bring joy back to our lives, as you hand over to another President to head back to Daura for a deserving rest. We wait patiently for this succour,” they said


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