Parents of the abducted Chibok schools girls that were abducted over two years ago by some suspected Boko Haram terrorists have called on Federal Government not to allow their children schooling in United State become money making tools.
Speaking shortly after a meeting with the minister of women Affairs, Sen. Aisha Alhassan yesterday, the chairman of the association of the abducted Chibok girls, Mr. Yakubu Nkeki said they learnt that their children are being used as money making tools and are being moved from one place to the other instead of schooling.
“Our children were taken to US not for tourism but to come back to us with certificates, so we call on the Federal Government to intervene to save our children,” he stated.
He said, “We also disassociate ourselves from any persons or NGO making any abusive words on Federal Government, we are behind the FG and the military and are calling on them to rescue our children healthy and sound. We in Chibok respect constituted authorities.”
Earlier in her remarks, the Minister Of Women Affairs, Sen. Aisha Alhassan said she was in Maiduguri to meet with the parents of the abducted Chibok girls to chart a way forward.
She said, “Although I am in Maiduguri to represent the wife of Mr. President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari for the official launching of microfinance scheme to about 1,000 women in the state, I used the opportunity to meet with parents of the missing and rescued Chibok schoolgirls to know the true position of things.
“As you were all aware that over 200 Chibok girls were abducted by insurgents in the last two years during the previous government, where some of them were able to escape from captivity, thereby generating a lot of heated debates as the issue is now being politicised”, she added.
The Minister said, “We met with some of the affected parents and guardians of these missing schoolgirls, and we found out that, none of these 15 much talked about rescued ones were admitted in any school to further their education in US as claimed.
“Rather, they have become an avenue to generate money for NGOs who took them from their parents in Chibok some months back. These NGOs according to our investigation normally takes these girls from one parliament to another and collected money for their own interest at the detriment of these victims.
“It is unfortunate to note that, until when we had contact with Murtala Mohammed Foundation based in US before they were able to adopt and approve taking proper care of five out of these 15 rescued Chibok girls, while the other ones went into wrong hands, as they were never admitted into any school, but turned slaves,” The minister stated.
The meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Presidential Lodge 1, Government House, Maiduguri, according to the minister, was at the instances of Mr. President to find out modalities on how the Federal Government will liaise with US foreign agencies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria trace the whereabouts of these girls.
She said that the federal government is committed to ensure that the other schoolgirls in captivity are freed soon, so that they will continue their education in better schools in the country.
In their separate remarks, Chairman of Chibok Council Area, Mr. Yarakawa thanked President Buhari for his commitment towards degrading remnants of Boko Haram and restoring peace in the north east, adding that, they want their rescued girls in US back to Nigeria in order to continue their schooling locally or nationally.
He however called on the military to intensify efforts in rescue of the over 200 of their daughters still in captivity, even as they caution Bring Back our Girls (#BBGs) group to ‘desist from destructing federal government’s sincere move to rescue the girls in their unwarranted protests and comments on the saga on the streets of Abuja’.