One of the frontline members of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Aisha
Yesufu, has expressed her sadness and shock at the outcome of the
meeting the group alongside parents of the missing Chibok
girls, had with President Buhari at the state house today January 14th.
“The president said he had no credible intelligence on the missing
Chibok girls. He said he is somebody who does not lie. And he will not
start by lying. We are not saying the president should lie, but when you
are saying there is no credible intelligence, and that the girls are
scattered and married off; then how do we know? These are two things.
And he said it (abduction of the Chibok girls) happened during the last
administration. I find it very worrisome. I remember one of the parents
asked what he meant by saying it happened in the last administration.
Does it mean the girls will not be rescued? I would like the president
to know that there is no vacuum in government. That it happened during
the last administration is not an excuse. It is duty of the Nigerian
government to ensure that the Chibok girls are rescued. It is their
right and not a privilege. And where we have failed there is a need for
us to apologise. As for me, I was terribly sad and shocked because the
president did not look at the parents to say ‘we are sorry as a nation
for your children who have been abducted for 21 months’. The president
finished his speech, he dropped the microphone and walked out. And I
thought that could have been a moment for him to connect with the
parents. We will continue our campaign. We do not care who the head of
the government is. It is duty of the Nigerian government to rescue the
Chibok and we will continue making our demands. The government should
stop the excuses.” she said.