In a heartfelt plea, the concerned parents of the Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram have turned to President Bola Tinubu, urging him to use his position to help secure the release of the 92 girls still held in captivity. The parents expressed their desperation and concern for the safety and well-being of their daughters, who have been separated from their families for an extended period.
Yana Galang, the mother of Rifkatu Galang, and Zanna Lawan, the father of Aisha Lawan, both still in captivity, penned a letter addressed to President Tinubu. In the letter, issued on Monday, they poured out their emotions and appealed to the president to intervene and facilitate the release of the remaining abducted girls.
“Mr President, as you are well aware, our predicament started in 2014 when 276 of our daughters from Chibok Government Secondary School were abducted.
“It has been years of pain and agony for us and we are disheartened that nine years later and a few months before the end of the immediate past-administration, 92 of these girls remain in Boko Haram captivity, subjected to unimaginable ordeal and abuse at the hands of their captors,” the parents said.
The parents, in the letter, said they noted that Tinubu, in his inaugural speech, pledged to make security a top priority.
They urged the President to take up the issue of the 92 kidnapped girls, after his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, was not able to secure their release, despite his promises.
The parents said, “With the baton changing under the same political party now in 2023, history will no doubt be kind to you, your family, your government and your party if these statements from your predecessor are achieved under you, more so, with our son, Vice President Shettima.
“Mr President, we seek you to be the light that will illuminate our darkness, end our pains, dry our tears and free us from the shackles of sadness, sorrow, and anguish this trajectory has brought into our existence.
“When we marked the ninth year remembrance of the abduction this year, we didn’t think we would hold any more commemoration, and the truth is that we don’t want to, but regrettably, so it seems, except you come to our rescue and give us succour, another sober commemoration knocks.
“We wait patiently for this succour as our acceptable alternative.”