Published On: Tue, Mar 10th, 2015



Indigenes of Chibok community have Monday rejected the gesture by the federal government to reconstruct Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April last year.

The parents of the abducted girls insisted that the offer could not take priority over their daughters who have not been liberated.

Meanwhile, the federal government, had last week sent a delegation led by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to lay the foundation for the reconstruction of the destroyed Chibok school.

Over 1,000 residents of Chibok who attended a press conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, express dismay at the federal government’s attempt to rebuild the school which was destroyed during the girls’ abduction.

The indigenes, who were led by the Caretaker Chairman of Chibok Council Area, Ba’ana Lawan, accused the federal government of several broken promises to rescue the abducted schoolgirls saying it is disheartening to the state that since the abduction of these girls, the federal government did not bother to send a delegation to Chibok to sympathise with the parents of the girls.

Lawan said the government’s priority should be to get the schoolgirls returned, not the rebuilding of the destroyed school.

He said the traumatised parents and the entire people of Chibok community only want their children back home.

He added that it was unfortunate that the Chibok Local Government Area has witnessed six different attacks by the insurgents with about 300 people losing their lives and property worth millions of naira.


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