The Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Bayelsa State chapter, Nuhu Ibrahim, has said the parents of 14-year-old Ese Oruru, the teenager who allegedly eloped with her purported lover, Yunusa Yellow, to Kano where she was kept away from her family and allegedly married him, also deserve some blame for her ordeal.
Mr. Ibrahim said that the incident had exposed lapses at various stages but regretted that fingers were being pointed at only one direction.
“What Yunusa did was very bad and condemnable, I married from Bayelsa and my wife is from here. We have been living together peacefully for a very long time until this unfortunate incident, we should not allow this sad incident to tear us apart.
“As leaders of the Hausa Community we were not happy with what happened and we worked to see that things did not get out of hand and we thank God that she is back.
“This incident shows that there is need for everyone to brace up to their responsibilities, all hands are pointing at Yunusa and no one is looking at the lapses on the parts of others.
“The parents have their blame as well as all others that had one role or the other to play in all these, I also did my own investigations before briefing the National Headquarters of the ACF in Kaduna on this matter.
“Yunusa was not a stranger to the Orurus, he is well known to them and that brings the issue of parental care and vigilance which is lacking in our society today”, Mr. Ibrahim said.
The Arewa leader said that rather than trade blames, all parties in the matter should close ranks to assist the victim and take steps and brace up to forestall re-occurrence as well as strengthen protection of minors in the society.
He assured that the leadership of the Hausa community in Bayelsa would continue to promote peaceful coexistence amongst different ethnic groups in the state.