‘Nine Years After, 37 Chibok Girls’ Parents Died Of Heartbreak’

No fewer than 37 parents of the missing girls in Chibok Community in Borno State have lost their lives to heartbreak since 2014.

In April 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a government secondary school in Chibok, a town in Borno State. Some of the girls escaped captivity on their own, while others were later released following intense campaigning efforts by civil society organizations and negotiations by the government.

A parent of one of the girls, Pogu Yaga disclosed this on Saturday, in Abuja at the media screening of ‘Nine Years, Life after Chibok Abduction,’ a movie by the Women Radio who visited Chibok and spoke to a survivor, parents, and siblings on life after the abduction

He said most of the parents, especially those whose children are still in captivity are slowly dying from worry and heartbreak.

He said, “37 parents have died so far. When you come to Chibok, you would see that they are all dying from worry and heartbreak.

“Thank God that the former governor of our state, Kashim Shettima is the present Vice-President-elect, we are calling on him and pleading for the rescue of the remaining girls as he tried doing during his tenure as governor.

“We trust in the President-Elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, he has always been there for us and we know that we would not be abandoned now.”

Chief Executive Connected Development (CODE), Hamzat Lawal said it was unfortunate that the government had abdicated its responsibilities to civil societies and individuals.

Lawal said we must continue to hold the government accountable to its responsibilities.

Founder Invictus, Bukky Shonibare said the conversation with the incoming administration has to be based on a nine-point agenda.

According to her, the points are, to make them communicate with the parents of the abducted girls and of Leah Sharibu, accountability in terms of money allocated and spent on the Chibok incident, accountability on the missing girls themselves, the victims’ support fund and what it is used for and the level of psychosocial support available to the girls and their families.

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