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  • News - North East - Borno
  • Updated: March 14, 2024

10 years after, Chibok community seeks return of 87 schoolgirls

10 years after, Chibok community seeks return of 87 schoolgi

Almost 10 years after the abduction of 276 female students at Government Secondary School in Chibok, a local government area in Borno State, families of the remaining 87 captives remain hopeful they will regain freedom and return to the community.

This was disclosed by the spokesman of the community, Allen Manasseh, while paying tribute during the 70th birthday of Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili, husband of former Education Minister, Oby at a virtual programme on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that 276 students of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014.

However, 57 of the schoolgirls managed to escape, mostly by jumping off the moving trucks and fleeing to the bushes.

While giving an update on the matter, Manasseh disclosed that nothing has been heard of the remaining 87 schoolgirls.

He said: “I came across them (The Ezekwesilis) at the thick of the abduction of the Chibok girls. I am sure by mentioning Chibok girls, many of you here understand the sacrifices of this wonderful family to our community.

“If not for them, the name Chibok would not make it to the level where people would accept that we lost over 276 Chibok girls at some point. This family has sacrificed their comfort and endured all kinds of ridicule because they stood with us.

“At some point, all our hopes were gone. Sometimes we didn’t even know what to say or do. But Pastor ‘Nedu Ezekwesili would look at us and wait till we have exhausted all our frustration before addressing us in such a way that we felt the hopes getting renewed in us to look up to God again. That was the hope that got us believing again that one day these girls (Chibok) would be brought back.

“Today, I’m happy to say because of the sacrifices of this family and many others out there, we have recovered over 132 of these Chibok girls. We are still expecting 87 of them to come back because any one of you that have been monitoring what is happening in Abuja will know that sometimes we say some things, the next thing we are packed and locked up somewhere.

“But these people stood by us. When we talk about lawyers, they have those who have stood with us. They have also used all the available resources from their family to keep fighting for us over the period of 10 years.”

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