We want our girls back, not new school building – Chibok girls’ parents

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Some parents of the kidnapped Chibok school girls have expressed their dismay at the Federal Government’s move to rebuild the burnt school where the girls were kidnapped on April 14, 2014, instead of intensifying efforts to rescue the girls almost one year they were kidnapped.

The minister of Finance and coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, visited Chibok about a fortnight ago and laid the foundation for the rebuilding of Government Girls Secondary School which was destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents.

Addressing journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital which was attended by hundreds of Chibok people residents in Maiduguri, the Caretaker Chairman of Chibok Council Area, Mallam Ba’ana Lawan accused the Federal Government of making failed promises of rescuing their 219 abducted schoolgirls.

He also expressed dismay over the government move to rebuild Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS, Chibok which was destroyed by the insurgents after abducting the schoolgirls.

According to him, “It is disheartening to inform you that since the abduction of these girls, the Federal Government did not bother to send delegations to Chibok to sympathize with the parents, instead, the parents were invited to Abuja and conveyed in cargo military plane with no comfort whatsoever.

“We still observed that recently, President Goodluck Jonathan visited Mubi and Baga, but failed to visit Chibok to sympathize with our people.

“We also observed that the President and Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh had severally promised that these girls will soon be released, but it is now more than 300 days, and nothing has happened. We thank God and appreciate Governor Kashim Shettima and his wife, Nana Kashim Shettima who not only visited Chibok when the incident took place, but also secured admission to the 59 schoolgirls that escaped from the Book Haram to study in various schools in the country and all assistance he has rendered to the parents.

“It is most unfortunate that Chibok Local Government Area has witnessed six different attacks by insurgents and about 300 people lost their lives with property worth millions of naira destroyed, hundreds of houses razed down as well as food and cash crops looted. The most recent attacks being that of Gatamwarwa, Kautikari and other surrounding villages where several lives were equally lost. Yet there was no response from the Federal Government.

“We therefore condemn the move by the Federal Government to embark on the reconstruction of the school (GGSS Chibok)instead of bringing back our girls as severally promised”.

He however appreciated the persistent efforts of the ‘#BRING BACK OUR GIRLS’ group in Abuja which has been mounting pressure on the Federal Government to intensify effort in rescuing the innocent girls as well as the media in their consistent effort to ensure that the girls are rescued.

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  1. While we’re still in search of the Chibok girls, at least those in Chibok should be allowed to attend school. This attack on the minister is not right.

  2. Madam Iweala did the right thing by securing the future of the youths of Chibok. So that they will know their left from right.

  3. This is so surprising that a so called civil society, group will speak against the visitation of Madam Iweala to Chibok for laying foundation of a school that will benefit their people? This can only tell you how backward this guy is in their thinking. That is the simple reason that embraced Boko-Haram.

  4. On the
    missing girls why not let us answer certain questions: Why have those
    campaigning for the release of the girls particularly Mrs Oby Ezekwezili, visit
    Chibok? Has any APC chieftain since the kidnap of the girls ever visited the
    town? What is the Governor of the state doing to find the girls? What are APC’s
    plans to get the girls released? What have the Northern elders been doing to
    get those girls released? We need answers to these questions

  5. On the
    missing girls why not let us answer certain questions: Why have those
    campaigning for the release of the girls particularly Mrs Oby Ezekwezili, visit
    Chibok? Has any APC chieftain since the kidnap of the girls ever visited the
    town? What is the Governor of the state doing to find the girls? What are APC’s
    plans to get the girls released? What have the Northern elders been doing to
    get those girls released? We need answers to these questions

  6. madam continue with your good work, minister of Finance and coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, visited Chibok and laid the foundation for the rebuilding of Government Girls Secondary School which was destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents,she took a brave step,all those opposing her good intention shame

  7. madam continue with your good work, minister of Finance and coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, visited Chibok and laid the foundation for the rebuilding of Government Girls Secondary School which was destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents,she took a brave step,all those opposing her good intention shame

  8. Chibok
    community must itself be serious about the search for the missing girls. We must
    get some things clear: How many girls are really missing? How many have “escaped”?
    How many are we still looking for? Unless the parents of the children provide
    the answers to these questions, the Federal Government cannot be looking for
    what is not lost!

  9. Chibok
    community must itself be serious about the search for the missing girls. We must
    get some things clear: How many girls are really missing? How many have “escaped”?
    How many are we still looking for? Unless the parents of the children provide
    the answers to these questions, the Federal Government cannot be looking for
    what is not lost!

  10. I wonder what some Nigerians are ever grateful for. NOI’s visit
    is a welcome development, an icing on the cake…a tip of the iceberg of the
    virtue and care every officer of the incumbent administration wears like a suit.

  11. The entire world should know that Okonjo-Iweala has done her own part by visiting Chibok and laying the foundation of a school for the community. The fact that some people can play politics with the matter shows clearly how desperate these people are.

  12. If not for anything the Chibok community should be grateful to the Minister for at least taking the bold step by visiting Chibok. Apart from the minister who even commissioned a school in the community which other senior government officer or a major political figures has visited the community since the inception of the crises? They talk about neglect, now a senior government minister went to the community people are still complaining!

  13. NOI is an example of a devoted mother,We must appreciate the effort of someone like her for taking the bold step,must her motive be political,she has taken a bold step,by visting chibok,

  14. This patriotic act of Okonjo-Iweala visiting Chibok won me over to her. Trust me I am not a politician but this singular act of patriotism is a virtue I think we must all embrace and ensure that we instil in all our political leaders.

  15. Somebody tell me…which is better? To build while trying to find the missing Chibok girls or not to build the school at all. There must be something fundamentally wrong with the way some fellows perceive well-intentioned moves. Damilare Okunola is only being illogical here.

  16. If not for anything the Chibok community should be grateful to the Minister for at least taking the bold step by visiting Chibok. Apart from the minister who even commissioned a school in the community which other senior government officer or a major political figures has visited the community since the inception of the crises? They talk about neglect, now a senior government minister went to the community people are still complaining!

  17. How could people be resistant to progress and development? Why should the government be blamed for rebuilding destroyed schools under the ‘safe school initiative’? Why will people be so backward in their thinking and biases? Nigerians, its hi-time we discarded our prejudices and embrace progress. Forward ever, backward never.

  18. Naija people na wa sef! Whatever it is Madam minister does,
    people will always have something to say. Laying the foundation for the future
    is highly commendable. Only people who have on eye on the future will
    understand the full import of this action.

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