In an interview during a special sit out and candle light procession by the Chibok girls ambassadors, Hosea-Abana stated that the Chibok community including the parents of the girls are heart broken that the girls have not yet been rescued even after many promises by the government.
He noted that the hope of the parents of the girls was bouyed with the emergence of the new administration adding that so far, that such a hope has been dashed as they now wonder when and if their children will ever be brought back to them.
“It is unfortunate. We are commemorating this moment with sad and heavy heart. It is a sad moment. We never knew that it will ever get to this day. When we joined this advocacy, we never envisaged that it will get to this day. Six hundred days is really a long time for people’s children to stay in the hands of terrorists. We don’t know the state of the girls. We have heard nothing. We are all shedding tears of grief.
“The parents of the girls are also in pain. They don’t know what to expect any longer. They had kept their hopes alives, thinking that the new administration will do what the past administration didn’t do, that is bringing the girls back. But they have seen no positive result. They are confused. They don’t even know what to do and what to asks government any longer,” he said.
In a statement earlier released by the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group, it has expressed sadness that even after months of its meeting with President Muhammed Buhari, urging him to prioritise the immediate rescue and safe return of the girls, the abducted girls are still in captivity.
“Today (yesterday) is 600 days since our Chibok schoolgirls were abducted in their school, Government Secondary School, Chibok by terrorists on the night of 14th April 2014. It will also be few days to complete five months since our meeting with the Nigerian president urging him to prioritise their immediate rescue and safe return; whereby he reiterated his commitment,” the statement said.
In the statement signed by the leaders of the group, Aisha Yesufu, Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman, the group while calling on everyone in Nigeria, and around the world to continue to remember to girls, expressed hope that the December deadline given by the president for the girls’ rescue and safe return, and the annihilation of the terrorists will be achieved.
“This becomes even more important as we all look forward to the 31st December deadline given by the president for their rescue and safe return, and the annihilation of the terrorists; amidst reports of more abductions,”.