Your silence is killing us, and it has been broken. Buhari is informed by a Chibok teen.
On Wednesday, one of the freed Chibok girls bemoaned the Federal Government’s silence on the release of their colleagues being held captive by Boko Haram.
The student, Tabitha Stover, said the Federal Government’s silence was killing them while speaking at the Allamin Foundation’s seventh anniversary of the kidnapping in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The student, who said that their lives had changed drastically after the incident, urged the federal government to intervene.
“I went through hell, thank God I am back,” she said, “but many are still in captivity, and I am pleading with the government to come to their rescue.”
“Please, my President, our Ministers, Senators, and Governors, don’t we have the right to life? Isn’t it true that we have a right to education? If we have the right to education, why are we starving, why are others still in prison, if we have the right to life, why are we facing this, why are our parents dying in silence, and why is our government still staring at us and not speaking?
“Please help our parents; they have no one to help them. A commoner like me doesn’t know the answers to these questions, but I know our governors and president do, but you’re still quiet. Are we not citizens of this country? Please inform us that we are slaves.
“Place yourself in our shoes and imagine how you would feel if we were your children, or if any of the children still held in captivity were your children; imagine how you would feel if you were in our shoes.
“I am not questioning our leaders; I will never do so, but if our government remains silent, who will answer the question among you who are present? If our governors and president remain silent, who will answer these questions? Your silence is killing us, and that is why we are claiming that we need democracy, that we are tired of being enslaved, that we are sick and tired of it all.”
In the meantime, the Presidency said on Wednesday that the release of the remaining Chibok girls was still in the works.
No one had given up on them, it said.
Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said this in a statement titled, “Chibok girls still on our minds -Presidency.”
Shehu urged Nigerians to keep the country’s military in their thoughts and prayers.
“The Presidency assures parents and all concerned citizens that the missing students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, remain on the minds of government as they are on the minds of their parents,” the statement read.
“The Presidency assures the remaining Chibok girls that their freedom is still in the works.
“No one here is giving up hope. Efforts to secure their release through various channels and security and intelligence agency operations are proceeding as planned. “The military’s latest decisive push against terrorists gives hope that a breakthrough is possible and could happen soon.”
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