Five years after the horror at Chibok, a town in Borno state where some 276 school girls were abducted in broad daylight, 18 parents of the abducted girls had since died of trauma left in their psyche, Ayuba Alamson, a Chibok resident disclosed in an interview.
Alamson who is a guardian to some of the abducted girls, said six of his niece and sisters were abducted at the school on the fateful day.
Alamson said that three of the girls had been freed while the remaining were still with the insurgents.
He lamented that about 18 affected parents had died due to health complications associated with trauma they experienced as a result of the abduction of their daughters.
Alamson, who urged the Federal Government, United Nations (UN) and development organisations not to relent in their effort at ensuring the release of the girls from captivity, also prayed for the release of Leah Sharibu, still in the Boko Haram’s captivity for failing to deny her Christian faith.
“I also pray for the freedom Leah Sharibu, the only girl held back by Boko Haram insurgents after they released over 112 girls abducted at Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe.”
Some of the parents who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Maiduguri narrated the ordeals of their daughters who were abducted in their Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state April 14, 2014.
A rally to mark the anniversary was organized by a non-governmental Organisation, ‘Al’amin Foundation for Peace and Development’ .
About 276 of the school girls were abducted. Some of the girls escaped, including, Amina Ali.
Another set of 21 girls were freed in October 2016, while one girl was also rescued in November same year by the military.
Similarly, 82 girls were freed following negotiations with government in May 2017, while one more girl was rescued in January 2018.
Recheal Daniel, a mother of one of the abducted girls, Rose Daniel, appealed to the Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, to release her daughter.
Daniel lamented that the incident had subjected her to pain and agony, adding that her husband was also killed by the insurgents.
She said that since then, she had been shouldering the up-bringing of six children left behind by her husband.
Musa Maina, another resident of Chibok, appealed for the release of his wife, Zahra Musa, and daughter, Hadiza Musa, from captivity.
Maina recounted that he fled Chibok to Konduga after the April 14 school abduction incident, only to ended up in another abduction trap set by the insurgents..
“Two people came to my house with guns in an attempt to kill me. I and my second wife managed to escape but they took away my first wife and her daughter,” he said.
On her part, Mrs Hamsatu Allamin, the Director of Al’amin Foundation for Peace and Development, said thousands of women and children were being held hostage by the insurgents.
Allamin disclosed that the organization had embarked on comprehensive campaign to create awareness on abduction of women by the insurgents in the northeast.
She called for concrete measures to secure the release of the Chibok School girls and other persons being held by the insurgents throughout the country.