The chairman, parents of the missing Chibok girls, Mr Yakubu Keki has revealed that 21 parents of the abducted Chibok girls have died, and has appealed to the government to intervene in their welfare.
Keki made the appeal in Abuja, while paying a courtesy visit to the Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan yesterday, where he presented the LEADERSHIP Young Persons of the Year 2015 which had been received on behalf of the missing girls.
While Keki appealed for support in providing succour to ease chances of avoidable death among the parents of the Chibok girls still in captivity, he pledged their confidence and support in the Minister and stated that the visit was an opportunity to relay their request to the minister who he described as, ‘Our Mother who has been taking care of us’.
He said, “In this few months, we have lost 2 parents of these missing girls. This brings to a total of 21 dead among the parents of the Chibok girls after their abduction. One died as a result of sickness, and the other, 2 weeks ago, was killed by Boko Haram. We convey this message that if there is any help that this ministry can provide to families, especially of the one who died of sickness and Boko haram, we will be very happy.”
He added, “In a recent photograph, we saw our daughters, we really believe they are alive. I really appreciate the effort of LEADERSHIP newspaper in recognising the girls. With efforts the government is taking now, it is our hope that the girls will come and receive this award one day.”
The Minister in her remarks thanked the parents for the honour of showing her the award, and for their patience. She condoled with them on the loss of the 21 parents, saying that, “We thank you for bringing this award. The fact that they (the missing Chibok girls) are recognized is a good thing. We prefer them to be here. We thank LEADERSHIP Newspaper for recognizing the trauma that they are under, and we are praying with you.”
Senator Alhassan added, “I assure you that the government will not rest until these girls are brought back alive. On behalf of all Nigerians we condole with you on the death of the 21 parents. Please extend our condolences to the families.”