Chibok Girls’ Parents In Abuja For March To Aso Rock

Ahead of the march to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of the abducted Chibok girls today, over 76 parents of the abducted girls, arrived Abuja yesterday, while more were being expected before the commencement of the march.
Revealing this to the ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬ group’s meeting yesterday, the vice chairman of Chibok community in Abuja, Nkeki Mutah said the parents had hope in President Buhari but after the media chat, there are now doubts over the possibility of having their daughters back any time soon.

“A lot of the parents were affected after President Muhammadu Buhari’s media chat when he said they have no idea on the whereabouts of the Chibok girls. 76 of them are right now in Abuja. Some are still on the way. Some sold their assets to come to Abuja for the march. They were also subjected to the worst treatment on the way. They took a long journey to come here and we hope that after tomorrow, there will be an improvement in a government that
has always spoken about change,” Mutah said.

The BBOG further called on the people of Chibok to use this opportunity and lay their complain before the presidency and their representatives because “Many politicians went to campaign at the Northeast, they won and have forgotten the Chibok girls. Those politicians are supposed to speak out for the people who they are representing. Chibok community should come up and ask their representatives in the National Assembly what exactly is happening about
their children.”
The group also confirmed that the Nigeria army has apologised to the parents of the Chibok girls, who were delayed while coming to Abuja for the march today, and thanked the officers, who even went as far as escorting the parents to Adamawa State.
“The top echelon of the military and security team reached out apologising for the regrettable incident. Reasons adduced were that the fragile security context could have exposed such a large contingent of the parents to risks,” the group said.

The group further noted that while “we appreciate the legitimate safety concerns, we are convinced however that it could have been better handled with dignified treatment of parents who have been heartbroken over the last 638 days of their daughters’ captivity.” Recall that the group had raised the alarm that some of the parents of these girls, who were on their way to Abuja, were stopped and prevented from continuing with their journey.v
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