Chibok girls memorial: Community demands reopening of school, others

Seven years after the kidnap of 276 girls from Government Secondary School in Chibok, the school remains yet closed after the insurgents destroyed it.

Some of the girls were said to have escaped and others were rescued by the military but about a hundred of them are still believed to be with their abductors.

Members of the community yesterday appealed to the Federal Government to rescue the remaining girls still in captivity and reopen the school.

The community, under the umbrella of Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), said in 2016, former President Goodluck Jonathan pledged N500 million to rebuild the school with state-of-the-art facilities but to date, the school remains closed and incomplete.

KADA Director of Media and Communication Dr Allen Manasseh in Abuja during a virtual meeting held to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, said: “We demand the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria ensure our demands are met without further delay.

“Bring back our girls without further! Provide a full report on the status of all investigations, operations and missions to bring back the remaining 112 Chibok girls, (Leah Sharibu, and all other abducted citizens), including the release of General Ibrahim Sabo fact-finding Committee Report.

“Provide psycho-social support for traumatized Chibok and other affected families and immediately reopen a properly resourced and staffed Chibok Desk at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to keep parents informed and to provide support to families of abducted children.

“Complete and reopen the Government Secondary School, Chibok. In 2016 the Former President Goodluck Jonathan administration pledged 500 million naira to rebuild the school with full state of the art facilities. Till date, the school remains closed and incomplete. We demand the completion of the school, its re-opening and a full investigation into the funds released and the safe school initiative funds targeted for the school as announced by former UK Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Brown who till date remain the highest official that visited the school.”

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