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Boko Haram: Chibok community tired of being Nigerians

Boko Haram: Chibok community tired of being Nigerians

Hosea Tsambido, an internally displaced person (IDP) and chairman, Kibaku area development association in Abuja, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of preventing humanitarian assistance from international aid agencies to Chibok and other areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Kibaku is the native language of Chibok local government, the community where over 200 secondary schoolgirls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect during the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan in April 2014.

Tsambido who lamented the failure of federal government to rescue the remaining 218 schoolgirls advised President Buhari to disown the Chibok community “if he cannot” help them.

“Let them (federal government) declare us not Nigerians so that the world would rally around us,” he said.

“They sit at the gate of help and they did not help. Please give us a chance and allow people who are ready to help us. Give us a chance so that we go back to these girls. If we perish, we perish,” he said.

Tsambido while speaking at the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) protest in Abuja on Monday, August 22, 2016  said the Chibok community regret voting the All Progressive Congress (APC) into power.

He added that the President Buhari had failed to fulfill his promise of securing the release of the girls after a year since he took over power on May 29, 2015.

“We voted the current president wholeheartedly under the promise that he would bring back these girls.

“Professor Yemi Osinbajo was campaigning that General Buhari would go to Sambisa they promised us that General would go to Sambisa if he comes to power.

“He promised that two weeks was enough to get back our girls. Now it is more than one year, and its just excuses and lies, it is not corruption?”

Addressing Buhari as “Mai Geskia” ( a Hausa phrase meaning ‘True One’), Maureen Kabir, a member of the BBOG group said the president was yet to fulfill the saying that “he was a man of integrity and unquestionable character.”

“President Buhari on the day of his inauguration said the war against Boko Harm would not be said to have been won until the Chibok girls are released.

“Today, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar is saying they do not know where the Chibok girls are.

“The same federal government has said time without number that Boko Haram has been defeated.

“Mai Geskia (President Buhari) said he would visit Borno during the campaign. Today, all we hear is excuses from the same president who the Chibok community voted for wholeheartedly,” she said.

Speaking to the police officers who were ordered to prevent the protesters from entering the villa, Miss Kabir said: “The same government has failed you. The barracks you live in is nothing to write home about. You cannot compare where you stay to the residence of  the president and his ministers.

“We are our own government in Nigeria providing everything for ourselves; from light to food, and even security.

Someday, you all (security officers) will join us,” she added.

Esther Yakubu, mother of Dorcas Yakubu (the girl who spoke in the newly released video of the girls) expressed dissatisfaction over the communication gap which between the federal government and parents of the Chibok girls.

“We are ready to receive our daughters in whichever form and shape they would be released. We are ready to reshape them back to what we all would be proud of,” she said.

Mrs. Yakubu noted that the recent video released by the insurgents should provoke the government to rescue the remaining 218 girls.

Oby Ezekwesili, convener of the BBOG group  assured parents of the abducted girls that the movement would continue in its advocacy.

She stated that the march to the presidential villa would continue every 72 hours until Buhari speaks to them on plans to rescue the 218 abducted Chibok schoolgirls.




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