The #BringBackOurGirls group has revealed that 20 parents of the abducted Chibok girls have died after waiting endlessly for their children’s return.
While briefing the press on the commemoration of the Day 900 of the ChibokGirls’ abduction, the co-coverner of the movement, Dr Oby Ezekwesili stated that one parent was killed recently in Boko Haram attacks in Kumburbula, in Chibok Local Government of Borno State.
Ezekwesili stated that many more of the Chibok girls’ parents continue to suffer from various degrees of trauma-related ailments and wondered if there is any welfare programme available to the traumatised parents.
“Within the review period, one more parent died of grief. Four days ago, on the 26th of September, another parent died in Boko Haram attacks in Kumburbula, in Chibok Local Government of Borno State. This brings the total number of deceased parents to 20. Many more of the parents continue to suffer from various degrees of trauma-related ailments.
“The health condition of Amina Ali Nkeki’s mother, of having to return to Borno and therefore once again separated from her long lost daughter, begs for re-evaluation. What welfare program is available to her and all the other traumatised parents?,” she said.
The group’s leader who urged the government government to take care of the welfare of the parents also wondered where the only Chibok girl that came back, Amina Nkeki was and how her rehabilitation and reintegration is going.
“Where is Amina? Where exactly is Amina? And what is the status of her promised rehabilitation and reintegration? What is the status of the terrorism, wilful abduction and sexual violence case that should already have started through the federal government against the man, Mohammed Hayatu, in whose company she was found in Sambisa Forest?,” she said.
Ezekwesili urged the government to better manage the rescue operation of the girls with clear decision points and milestones with better transparency and accountability to their parents and all other interested stakeholders.
She added that the group will begin the monitoring of all actions of Federal Government over the next four weeks adding that at the end of four weeks, if the girls are still not back, it will recommence it’s marches to Aso Villa to highlight the urgency for action.
“Whereas our marches were 72-hourly outings, the next marches shall be on 48-hourly basis,” she said.