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Chibok Parents Accuse Advocates of Making Gains from their Pains, Deny Receiving N30m Promised by Aisha Buhari

Parents of over 200 girls abducted by terrorist group, Boko Haram, from Chibok Secondary School in Borno state, on Monday lamented the actions of some campaigners for the release of the girls who have been profiting from the unfortunate incident.

The parents told Punch newspaper that certain people who have been putting themselves forward as representatives of the grieving parents, have not been accountable to them especially parents still resident in Chibok, Borno state.

According to Punch, the Chibok parents equally disclosed that they had yet to receive the N30m donation made by Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the Nigerian president.

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The president’s wife had 3 weeks ago presented a cheque of N55m to the parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls and those of the Buni Yadi School boys.

At the ceremony, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the vice-president, had collected the ‘cheque’ of N30m on behalf of the Chibok parents while minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Khadijat Bukar, received the cheque of N25m meant for the parents of the Buni Yadi boys.

Yana Galla, chairperson of the association of the parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls living in Chibok and its surrounding villages, however maintained that the monies had been shared to them contrary to insinuations in some quarters. Galla said the money was still with the aides to the president’s wife.

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Beyond the donation from the president’s wife, there have been other instances affecting the faith the Chibok parents have in the activities of some advocates and officials.

A parent, Ladi Lawan Zannah speaking with some other parents, said apart from the N100,000 assistance they received from the Borno state government in August of 2015, the last assistance they got since then was N5,000, which they received from MTN Foundation during the second year anniversary of the abductions of the girls, this year.

“We only hear that something has been given and we have been waiting endlessly for it to get to us. Will it come today or the next day? This has always been the case, whereas the assistance may never get to us,” she said.

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Ayama Pogu a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, also called on the government to rethink its engagement with all of those claiming to be representing them. He added that the Chibok parents were being shortchanged.

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