‘Presidential C’ttee on Chibok Abduction is another Insult on Us’





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Parents of the 200+ girls abducted on April 15 from their school, Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, have described the failure of the Presidential Fact-finding on the Abduction of the Chibok Girls, to meet with them as ‘another’ insult on them by the federal authorities.
The community said with the action of the committee, the saying that thunder does not strike twice had been proven wrong.
They also said it was a pity that they were first insulted by the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, even after his belatedly plan to visit them had to be shelved and now a committee which was set up to find way of identify the reason behind the abducted schoolgirls found reason to equally shun Chibok.
The parents, who expressed their displeasure over what they called refusal of the committee to visit Chibok told journalists on Monday in Maiduguri that the committee work was incomplete without seeing the scene of the April 14 attack and interacting with them.
“They told us they were coming on Tuesday and we were waiting for them. All the parents of the (abducted) girls with other community leaders gathered in front of the school (GGSS) waiting for them but they refused. We thought they’ve postponed the visit and interaction with us till Wednesday and we waited again but they didn’t come,” Maina Chibok, one of the parents said on a telephone.
“We learnt they met elders of Borno Emirate and other people in Maiduguri but what do these people know about our case. Why is government afraid to come to Chibok, what kind of thing is the committee finding in Maiduguri and not in our town where our daughters were kidnapped? He queried.

Lucas Adams, a resident said the committee should have spent more time in Chibok if it was determined to unravel causes of the abduction, saying “the committee should have access to security personnel to provide security if members were scared of the area.”

Chairman of the committee, Brig-Gen Ibrahim Sabo had on Friday at the Maiduguri Government House Council Chamber said the committee was rounding off its interaction with stakeholders on the Chibok abduction by meeting the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima. He said the committee had interacted with military officers and heads of security agencies in the state, Borno elders, Principal of the GGSS and management members of the school among others.

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