Like the Beatles, Boko Haram stormed Government Girls Secondary School(GGSS), Chibok on April 14, 2014, not with a new pop of music, but with a new pop of sorrow, wailing and gnashing of teeth when they forced 276 girls(out of which more than 100 have been released) into a truck and moved towards the Sambisa forest.
As today marks the 7th year that the students have departed incognito from their families, the parents of the yet to be released 112 girls again have expressed their desires to see their wards.
Expressing the tale as something better heard than experienced, Bulama Jonah whose 18-year-old daughter, Amina was among the abducted Chibok girls said it is a tragedy for the parents to die without seeing their children.
According to him, 17 parents had died since the incident and many others were sick.
“If the government had responded in time, our daughters would have been saved. The United States had spotted 80 girls during the last administration, why did the government fail to rescue them? We, therefore, call on the president to step up search for these innocent girls.
“We heard that (former President) Obasanjo, at a point said many of the girls were pregnant and recently, we heard he concluded that the girls were dead and could not be found.
“It is always better for children to bury their parents and not the other way round. Sadly, our predicament is worse because we are not even sure if our daughters are alive. Assuming we saw their dead bodies and bury them, we would have carried on with our lives.
“I always dream that my daughter is back and pray the federal government will rescue them before we die,” he lamented.
Also, convener of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’, Oby Ezekwesili has also express pity on the ordeal on her Twitter handle.
“Seven years today, 219 young women who trusted our country to protect them, were abducted from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. One hundred and twelve -112 of our girls and Leah Sharibu are still unaccounted by @NGRPresident
No word. No closure, @MBuhari?” she wrote.