Chibok Girls’ Parents Left Feeling Dissappointed After Latest Government No-Show
According to reports, more than 100 parents were stood up by a Nigerian government delegation amidst security concerns. This incident comes after more than 200 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram last April sparking the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on Twitter.
Asabe Kwambura, principal of the School, expressed dissappointment with Government officials considering that this was the second time in a week that parents had travelled to Chibok for the meeting only to be dissappointed. “It’s terrible. We were ready and waiting for their arrival with the parents of the missing girls and the recovered girls. But after all they said they are not coming. They said there’s no security and Boko Haram was on the road so they did not come.”
The committee of 32 people was sent from Abuja to Borno state’s capital, Maidiguri, by Goodluck Jonathan on a fact-finding mission to investigate the kidnapping.
Ms Kwambura added: “How should I believe them? I left Maidiguri and came through the same route and I will go back the same way. I came alone without security.”
She said: “We’re disappointed because we’re not treated as we should be. More than 100 parents had travelled to see them. Some travelled 20km and left their house as early as five to make sure they were in Chibok in time. But they came and at 1pm the committee say they are not coming.
“We are looking to international organisations to find these girls because the Nigerian government is not ready to look for them. On 14 April they went and up to now there’s no news, so please, we are kneeling down and pleading that the government needs to do something.”
The fact that fraught parents have been let down a second time is too much, Ms Kwambura said. “The same happened when they said Goodluck Jonathan was coming and they all came to the school and had to go home. It’s painful for them. You miss your daughter and then someone in Government says they’re coming and doesn’t come. It’s painful.”