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Obasanjo to Chibok parents:....... God understands your anguish


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday received some of the parents of the Chibok girls still held by Boko Haram terrorists since their abduction from the Government Secondary School, Chibok Borno State in July 2014.

The Chibok parents – comprising 17 women and 13 men- were in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to plead with Obasanjo to prevail on the federal government and the International community to expedite actions towards freeing their 112 daughters still in Boko Haram captivity.

The meeting was facilitated by the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) as part efforts to reassure and counsel the families on the development.

One of the leaders of delegation and Head of Operations of the Foundation, Mrs. Funmi Adesanya, said the visit was at the instance of the former President, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Murtala Muhammed Foundation.

The ex – President, who received the distraught parents at the Green Legacy Resort within his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Abeokuta, expressed confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s ability to rescue the remaining girls.

Citing bible passages from John 16 verse 33 and James 1verse 2, he admonished the parents not to despair any longer, saying God who does no evil understands their plights and was capable of bringing them succour in no time.

Obasanjo also reminded them as Christians, it should not be forgotten that they would experience tribulations and fiery trials in the world such as the one burdening them since four years now.

He said: “I want to share with you some of my own thought about the sovereignty of God and what He can do. He is all knowing, powerful and can do anything.

“Whatever God allows to happen, He allows it for a good purpose to test our faith and it is in testing of our faith that our character is shaped and strengthened.

“I understand how you feel now, I understand your pain and your anguish. God never does evil whatever happens is meant to strengthen and make us perfect,” he said.

And reading the parents’ speech, one of them, Mr Yakubu Nkeki, appealed to Obasanjo to “ginger” the federal government and world leaders to bring their “daughters back from captivity.”

Nkeki lamented that in about a month time, it would be four years 276 Chibok school girls were abducted, saying while 162 of them had been set free, 112 remained with the terrorist sect.

“We call on national, regional and global influencers and authorities to support the Nigerian government to bring our nightmare to an end and to take measures so that we can send our remaining children to school with peace of mind, and give them an opportunity for a better future.

“They say that it takes a village to raise a child; we call on our entire nation to pray for us and our daughters to work together with the government and use whatever contacts and resources you have to urgently bring our girls home safely. 

“We believe these peaceful voices will galvanise action by the government and political leaders to protect students, ensure Safe School policies are implemented, and assure access to education without fear of violence.”


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