One of the parents of the abducted Chibok girls has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for the handling of the rescue of the abducted girls and described his administration as more clueless than Goodluck Jonathan’s own. The girls were abducted from their school in 2014 during the administration of Jonathan and President Buhari has vowed to rescue the girls.
Although one of the girls has been rescued by the Civilian Joint Task Force, the current administration has failed to locate where the terrorists kept the girls. The Punch reports that Esther Yakubu whose daughter, Dorcas was shown in the video released by Boko Haram blamed President Buhari for the continued detention of her daughter.
She said: “The Chibok girls must be rescued, they must have their lives, the future that Boko Haram tries to truncate,” she said in an emotional outburst. Earlier, Esther had told one of our correspondents that she regretted putting Dorcas in boarding school. “I wanted her to have the best of education, I planned to sponsor her education to whatever level she wanted, but she could not sit for her final examinations because she was abducted.
“Boko Haram in the video asked the government to release their members so that they could release our girls. If the government knows that it cannot handle the insurgency, it should invite other countries. It is not a crime to seek assistance in a war. It is a shame for them to allow our daughters to languish in captivity for over two years. “I don’t regret sending her to school, but I regret putting her in boarding school. If she was a day student, she would be home with me that night. The abduction affected her because she was in boarding school”. She also said apart from her daughter, she could also identify some other girls in the video.
“I recognised Saratu Ayuba, Awa Ishaiya and others. In that video, Dorcas has grown up a little and she is slimmer. I cried when I saw her in the video. That is only change I observe, but I thank God she is alive.” Kabu Yakubu who is the father of Dorcas also urged the government to release Boko Haram soldiers in exchange for the girls. “I will sleep well because since she was kidnapped, I have never seen her in other videos released. But today, I saw her in the video, and my joy was rekindled. “What we have been telling the government is what Boko Haram demanded in the video. We are appealing to the government to help us to release Boko Haram detainees so they can release our daughters. In the video, my daughter was begging the government to negotiate with the terrorists and they (Boko Haram) said unless the government releases their members who were being detained in Abuja, Lagos and Maiduguri prisons, they won’t release the girls.”
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