A native of Chibok, Gapani Yanga had state that LEADERSHIP Newspapers played a great role in the release of the recent 21 abducted Chibok girls.
Yanga who was expressing his joy after the release of the girls, stated that if it wasn’t for the publicity the paper has given to the #BringBackOurGirls group and the issue of the Chibok girls, the girls would have been forgotten.
Recall that LEADERSHIP Newspapers has dedicated a page, Chibok Diary, to the cause of the missing schoolgirls, in order to chronicle the issues bordering on the rescue of the abducted girls.
Yanga, who is also a member of #BBOG group, stated that though the owner of the paper, Sam Nda-Isaiah was not from Chibok, he had shown that humanity matter by continuing to put the Chibok girls at the front burner.
“He made a serious loss, I know, especially during Jonathan’s administration. He continued even when Buhari came in. He deserve international award. He carried humanity at heart. As I celebrate the return of the girls, I celebrate him.
“I also celebrate Mrs Oby Ezekwesili who stood by us during this trial. She is not from Chibok, yet she stood firm and made sure that our girls are not forgotten. If she will ever contest for anything in this country, I will sell my grains and see she wins,” he said.
Recall that LEADERSHIP has continued to show its concern and support for the abducted Chibok girls by listing them as its 2015 Young Persons of the Year.
According to LEADERSHIP, the Chibok girls made the list of awardees because of their symbolic role as an open wound in the nation’s fight against terrorism.
It added that the girls had been made Young Persons of the Year for two consecutive times in solidarity with the parents and families of the kidnapped abducted girls and the relentless spirit of the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners.
The award was received by parents of the abducted girls, led by the chairman of the abducted girls parents association, Yakubu Nkeki at the 2015 edition of LEADERSHIP Annual Awards and conference.
Many believed that the hype of the award has also brought more international attention to the plight of the abducted girls.