Spokesman of the Chibok Community Nationwide, Dr. Allen Mannaseh, has described as empty the promise made by President Goodluck Jonathan in April last year on the release of their abducted daughters in April 2014.
Dr. Mannaseh also said the entire Chibok community was shocked over the silence of Mr. President on the true situation of the girls, describing the action as unfortunate.
Thursday’s surprise visit was the first to be made by the President to Borno State since the Boko Haram sect abducted more than 277 school girls from Chibok town on April 14 last year.
The President had earlier visited the state in March 2013, where held a town hall meeting with members of the Borno Elders Forum and other stakeholders on how to solve the Boko Haram insurgency only for the insurgency to escalate.
Speaking to reporters in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday, Dr. Mannaseh expressed doubt that the Federal Government is doing anything to rescue the girls, stressing: “President Jonathan made empty promises to us. He did not even say a word about Chibok girls, our daughters. It is unfortunate.
“We all understand the purpose of his visit to Maiduguri 277 days after our sisters were adopted. We have serious doubts if the federal government is doing anything to rescue those school girls,” he said
He added: “As a Director of Information of the Chibok community nationwide, I am short of answers when people call to ask me why the president has kept mute about the Chibok girls on his visit to Maiduguri.
“We feel pained always because this is one of the ethnic nationalities that mobilized and voted for President Jonathan more than any other in the entire North East. Why are we being treated like this?”
The Chibok spokesman said the President was only preparing the ground for his campaign rally in Maiduguri.
“If he had not visited Maiduguri yesterday ahead of the campaigns, what will he tell us when he finally visits Borno? The Baga issue deserves more than just condemnation.
“With the kind of attitude towards peoples’ pains especially parents of the Chibok girls, how can we who supported, mobilised and voted for him start shouting in the ears of these parents to vote PDP?
“We are saddened as parents of Chibok girls for more than 278 days ago, our daughters have been forcefully taken away from us. To me, I was disappointed by Mr President during his visit to Maiduguri yesterday to not even say a word to the parents of Chibok girls or sympathies with them, It showed that Federal government has forgotten about those girls. Unfortunately the girls have so far spent 278 days in the enemy’s camp,” he informed.
In his views, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno State Rev. Titus Pona said that the people of Borno State have run out of patience with unfulfilled promises. He called on the President to keep to his words of reclaiming the lost territories of the state to enable the displaced people return back to their ancestral homes.
He noted that the suffering of the people is increasing day by day if not the commitment of the Borno State Gov. Kashim Shettima who he described as a humane leader. -TheNation