‘We Don’t Want To Antagonise Buhari’ – Chibok Parents Disavow Ezekwesili

‘We Don’t Want To Antagonise Buhari’ – Chibok Parents Disavow Ezekwesili

By Agency Reports on August 24, 2016
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Members of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, led by Oby Ezekwesili gather to walk to President Goodluck Jonathan's official residence in Abuja to keep up the pressure on the government to bring the missing teenagers home on October 14, 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria. |MacJohn Akende/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Parents of the abducted Chibok girls have explained why they did not join the protest march that took place on Monday, August 22, 2016 in Abuja.

Yakubu Nkeki, the leader of the missing schoolgirls’ parents who lives in Chibok, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in a telephone interview that parents of the abducted girls based in Chibok held a meeting last week during which they decided they would not attend.

“All we want is our missing daughters and we are willing to work with anybody who will help us find our daughters,” he said, explaining that they did not want to antagonise the government which is in the best position to help them find their missing daughters.

“We do not want to do anything that the government will not be happy about,” said the women leader of the group, Yana Galang.

“We are not after any organisation that is against any party or religion, and we are supporting the federal government to help us release our girls,” she added.

Chibok mothers who viewed the video | CNN
Chibok mothers who viewed the video | CNN

The parents described the unpleasant experience they had during their last protest march in Abuja, when angry comments made by some of the activists who accompanied them to see the president irritated President Muhammadu Buhari to the point where he spoke sharply and dropped his microphone.

“Our own is that we want our daughters,” said Zannah Lawan, the secretary of the parents association.

“Anyone who has the ability to help us to find our daughters is the person we will work with,” he said. (NAN)

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