Chibok Girls: 81 Days After Abduction, Seven Parents Die Of Trauma

A CROSS-SECTION OF DISTRAUGHT PARENTS OF CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS
A CROSS-SECTION OF DISTRAUGHT PARENTS OF CHIBOK SCHOOL GIRLS

81 days after their children were abducted in the dead of the night by Boko Haram insurgents, seven parents of the abducted girls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, have reportedly died of trauma.

The National Chairman of Chibok community under the Kibaku Area Development Association, KADA, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, stated this yesterday at a news conference in Abuja.

He also said Chibok community had lost 229 people in 15 attacks by the Boko Haram sect.

In light of the above, the community urged the Federal Government to negotiate with the terrorist sect for the release of the 219 Chibok school girls abducted by the group.

Bitrus revealed that the Federal Government had yet to provide adequate security in Chibok area since the girls’ abduction, even in the face of persistent attacks by the insurgents.

He also called for the construction of the 40km Mbalala-Chibok-Damboa federal road, which he claimed had been abandoned for over 20 years.

Bitrus said, “Today (Friday) is 81 days since the abduction and in spite of the firm categorical statements by the Chief of Defence Staff that the location of the girls is known to the government, the appalling situation and agony encompassing the unfortunate abduction saga and detention of the Chibok girls by the Boko Haram insurgents continues and the rescue efforts by the government is yet to yield any result.

“So far, Boko Haram has carried out 15 attacks on the Chibok (Kibaku) nation involving 19 villages with over 229 killed and over 100 injured. Some of the victims of the attacks are parents and relations of the abducted girls and thereby adding more pains to the traumatic condition in the Chibok community.

“While the situation persists, many distressed parents are dying of heart attack and frustration as their dejection had become unbearable. On record, seven parents have lost their lives due to the trauma of the situation”.

Bitrus, however, called for the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, and building of another secondary school in the town to reduce over-population of classrooms by students.

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