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Obasanjo hosts Chibok girls’ parents


Olusegun Obasanjo

Parents of the remaining abducted Chibok girls, yesterday, called on influential personalities, world over, to support the Nigerian government in rescuing their daughters from captivity.

They made the request when former President Olusegun Obasanjo hosted them to a lunch at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The meeting was facilitated by the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, which is chaired by Obasanjo.


The 30-member delegation described the trauma of the kidnap as unbearable and pleaded with the former president to use his influence to secure the girls release.

The leader of the delegation, Mr. Yakubu Nkeki, said: “Today, Saturday, March 24, students around America and the world are raising their voices against violence in schools. They are tired of seeing their classmates killed and living in fear. We, the Chibok parents, express our solidarity with all other parents affected by shootings, killings and kidnappings in schools in Nigeria and elsewhere.

“We join the students in their demands for a safe place to learn. We believe these peaceful voices will galvanise action by the government and political leaders to protect students, ensure safe school policies are implemented, and ensure access to education without fear of violence.”

Obasanjo enjoined his guests to put their confidence in God, praying that He would grant the release of their children from captivity.

Nkeki added: “The meeting with President Obasanjo is one of several to seek advice and garner support to free our daughters. Witnessing the happy return of the Dapchi girls has renewed our hope that we will soon be reunited with our daughters.

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