Pressed By Malala To Act, Jonathan Meets Chibok Girls, Parents, 100 Days After

The president promises to visit Chibok only when the remaining abducted girls are freed.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday finally met with the Chibok school girls who escaped from their Boko Haram abductors and reassured them that his administration was doing everything humanly possible to rescue their colleagues and return them safely to their parents.

He also said Chibok or other communities in the North-East ravaged by insurgent activities would be the first beneficiaries of the Victims’ Support Fund, the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, the Safe Schools Initiative and other developmental programmes which the Federal Government was evolving to address the damage, losses, setbacks, economic and social dislocations of the region.

Mr. Jonathan gave the assurance during a meeting with the parents of the abducted girls, some of the girls who escaped from their abductors and leaders of the Chibok community at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The girls had been abducted April 14.

At the closed-door meeting were the parents of the girls, service chiefs, the Senate President, David Mark, Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State as well as some ministers.

The meeting, which began at about 11a.m at the Banquet Hall came about 100 days after the over 200 female secondary students were kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibok.

Mr. Jonathan had assured the Pakistani teenage girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafzai during her visit to Nigeria last week that he would meet with the girls who escaped and their parents.

The meeting earlier slated for last Tuesday was cancelled at the last minute when government officials went to pick the girls and their parents from Hilton Hotel only to discover they had returned to Chibok.

The president appealed to his guest for patience, understanding and cooperation.

“Anyone who gives you the impression that we are aloof and that we are not doing what we are supposed to do to get the girls out is not being truthful,” Mr. Jonathan stated.

“Our commitment is not just to get the girls out; it is also to rout Boko Haram completely from Nigeria. But we are very, very mindful of the safety of the girls. We want to return them all alive to their parents. If they are killed in any rescue effort, then we have achieved nothing.”

The president said that although he was yet to visit Chibok in the aftermath of the abductions, his heart was constantly with its traumatized parents and people, and his desire was to visit them when their daughters had been freed and they could receive him with smiling faces of joy, rather than with tears of anguish.

He said, “Our duty now is to take all relevant steps to recover our girls alive and our primary interest is getting them out as safely as possible. I will not want to say much, but we are doing everything humanly possible to get the girls out.

“This is not the time for talking much. This is the time for action. We will get to the time that we will tell stories. We will get to the time that we will celebrate and I assure you that, by God’s grace, that time will come soon,” President Jonathan told them.

While responding to appeals from the community leaders for more help in overcoming some of the challenges imposed on Chibok and neighbouring communities by the Boko Haram insurgency, Mr. Jonathan said the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and Federal Medical Agencies would intensify their efforts to provide them with additional relief aid and assistance.

He also assured them that Chibok and other communities in the three North-Eastern States most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency would be the first beneficiaries of the Victims’ Support Fund, the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, the Safe Schools Initiative and other developmental programmes which the Federal Government was evolving to address the damage, losses, setbacks, economic and social dislocations occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We solicit your maximum cooperation. Let us work together. Evil can never overcome good. We will surely overcome Boko Haram,” he said.

In his remarks at the meeting, Mr. Shettima called for more sobriety, reflection and unity of purpose in the fight against terrorism in the country.

He pledged that his administration would give the president the fullest possible support for his efforts to address the problems caused by terrorism and the Boko Haram insurgency.

Pogu Bitrus presented the Chibok community’s address to the President while other speakers at the meeting included a district head, Zannamadu Usman; a member of the Borno State House of Assembly, Aminu Chibok, parents of the abducted girls and three of the girls who escaped from their captors, Godia Simon, Dorcas Musa and Joy Bishara.

Briefing journalists after the two-hour meeting, the presidential media aide, Reuben Abati said the parley was interactive and that the parents of the abducted girls, community and opinion leaders of Chibok spoke their minds. He added that for the first time Mr. Jonathan had the opportunity to hear the experiences of the Chibok people.

He said the parents included those of girls that escaped and those of the girls who are still in captivity and those of the girls who escaped.

“It was an interactive session during which the president had the opportunity to listen first hand to the various categories of persons,” Mr. Abati said. “It was a very successful event and a good development because Mr. President had always been looking forward to this opportunity. Before now he had met with various stakeholders on the matter but today he heard directly from the persons involved.

“Statements were made by all the representatives of people. They spoke their minds and conveyed their feelings to the president. The girls who escaped also gave an account of what they went through. Mr. President reassured them of the Federal Government’s determination and his own personal determination to ensure that the girls that are still in captivity are brought out alive.

The presidential spokesperson said Mr. Jonathan made it clear that the education of the escapees would not be truncated.

“Mr. President made it clear that their education won’t be truncated. The government is making efforts to place these young girls in other schools and that they should not be afraid about their future because everything will be done to protect their right to education,” he said.

Mr. Abati said the girls spoke in great details about their experiences and their observation, stating, “It was an open and frank session in which everybody expressed their minds.”

Asked about the authenticity of the identity of the girls’ parents, Mr. Abati said, “How I wished you had been inside the hall! The parents are still around and you can see that it was a full hall and they made it clear that they are representatives of other parents of what they call the Karaoke Development Association. And you can see of course that they are more than 200 people in the hall coming all the way from Chibok.

“This is quite a large number. It is not likely that every parent of every child or everybody will be here and even at that we had over 200 persons attending that meeting and that I think is representative enough.”

The Coordinator of the National Information Centre, NIC, Mike Omeri told journalists that Borno State authorities showed commitment to work towards rescuing the remaining abducted girls.

Stating that it was not easy to wait even after knowing the whereabouts of the girls, Mr. Omeri, who is also the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, said caution must be exercised in other not to jeopardize the rescue operations.

“Parents and Nigerians have shown the indication to wait as the process continues and they have so far demonstrated that on the present knowledge they have that at least they know that the government is trying to get the children out,” he said.


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  • Truthometer

    Hurray!!! Malala did it!

    • redeem

      At least five Pakistani girls were wounded in two separate acid attacks by motorcycle riders in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, police said Tuesday.

      In the latest incident, two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle squirted acid on two girls, aged 14 and 15 in the town of Mastung, some 40 kilometres east of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.

      “One girl’s face was wounded and the other’s neck got acid burns,” local police official Wazir Lango told AFP.

      The girls were returning from the local market when the attack occurred on Tuesday, Lango said, adding that doctors have not yet specified how severe the wounds were.

      Lango said that the girls were admitted to hospital, while the police had begun to investigate, but so far the motive behind the attack was unclear.

  • Lanre

    This is what happens when you have a fraud as a leader/ ruler. When a people have abandoned the virtues of decency and frauds take over their land, this is what happens. The frauds who call themselves leaders never for once believed there was a kidnap. It took a seventeen year old from Pakistan, a girl who had her face reconstructed, her brains almost blown away to convince Nigeria’s leader to meet the parents of kidnapped children. A girl from Pakistan. And yet……… Let me stop here. Shame on all Nigerians for the kind of people you have endured as leaders. From Obasanjo to Babangida, Buhari to Shagari. Hopeless, useless lot!

    • Wähala

      Nigerians deserve a better deal from God. It has been one sad story or the other one is left to only wonder…
      The crass lot will soon be here to defend their tormentors with their brains damaged by Stockholm Syndrome. It’s as if the leaders rule over 180mio effigies with nama brains. A fraud for fraudsters, Nigeria is a joke in bad taste…

      • redeem

        @ wahala–only God knows if u can be cured from yr drug related habits–The mess was imposed on the nation by the animals we call humans in the fulani north who swore to make the country ungovernable for an ijaw–president———-Niger deltans did not clone Boko Haram for Nigeria–The fulanis did–yet the president is working with them–why not allow the SS secede given yr level of hatred for the ijaw nation? Besides jonathan is not TB JOshua—never———-he depends on the information supplied to him by his security advisers–like Dasuki who happens to be a fulani–the fighters in boko haram are fulanis–those who kidnapped the girls are fulani janjaweeds hired by APC–to do their dirty jobs for them–After they were assisted to sneak into Nigeria from tjhe west afrcan sub region-IGP is also fulani–gusau the socalled Minister of Defence-is fulani—-Sanusi is fulani-IGP is equally a fulani_-they know if the chibok girls were actually kidnapped-OR not-the president often relies on them for information———-so why should u use yr fulanized ideas to abuse him on behalf of APC here———–why————–?————

    • redeem

      @wahala Was there really a kidnap–if there was yr stupid brain should have told u that its the duty of the security operatives to brief the president on the incident-his acts will depend purely on the message he got from the security chiefs on gorund-since he is not TB Joshua–monkey–happily most of the security personals we have on ground in Borno state ato Aso Rock are fulanis–from IGP—-Dasuki—the NSA—to Gusau- the fake Minister of Defence-or u take the president for a sooth sayer abi-

    • redeem

      look at what is happening in pakistan–where APC imported Malala from-kids are being bathed with acid-may be u will send the sultan of sokoto who was trained in pakistan and emir of kano to malala–have u heard her voice on this soul depresing issue-she needs an ibo woman like Oby to help her out may be–animals

  • Wähala

    Oko-oko in fake fedora. Keeping his promise to a girl from Pakistan but never to Nigerians. Clown. To visit Chibok after the remaining girls have been rescued… and more of their parents are no longer alive to receive them. Coward. Reverse and warped logician. Drunkard, thinking in reverse is the hallmark of his administration. Nigeria is cursed with bad leaders, the worst being Dr. DoNothing, an Aschloch who listens to the last adviser… it took a fearless Pakistani girls to advise him to drop the bottle and at least meet the people we’re talking about while the faith of the girls remains in God’s hands. He should’ve rolled along his drum, Lady Hippo, to see the faces of dejection & desperation from Chibok where… #DiarisNoGodoo! Couple of Clowns indeed… Animals!

    • redeem

      -At least five Pakistani girls were wounded in two separate acid attacks by motorcycle riders in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, police said Tuesday.

      In the latest incident, two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle squirted acid on two girls, aged 14 and 15 in the town of Mastung, some 40 kilometres east of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.

      “One girl’s face was wounded and the other’s neck got acid burns,” local police official Wazir Lango told AFP.

      The girls were returning from the local market when the attack occurred on Tuesday, Lango said, adding that doctors have not yet specified how severe the wounds were.

      Lango said that the girls were admitted to hospital, while the police had begun to investigate, but so far the motive behind the attack was unclear.

      Separately, two other unknown assailants riding a motorbike threw acid on three girls in their twenties in Quetta on Monday when they were also returning from a market, the city’s police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP. Where is Obj in Pakistan mumu–sell yr country cheap oputside-all because the fulanis yearn for power

      He said that girls had suffered three to 11 percent burns on their faces.-

    • redeem

      @wahala-Useless unthinking Ibo man –your Zik of africa attempted to commit suicide on several occasions-to kill himself–yet u claim he belongs to the same class as Nkrumah who got freedom from the Brits b4 us–he was busy chasing shadows and stealing money in ACB-B4 Ojukwu was the quest by Boro to free the Niger deltas people from economic bondage-imposed on them by the Ibos—-as an Ibo man u should be brainy enough to know by now that while Buhari locked up Sam Mbakwe the late governor of Imo state-in his gulag–he was busy romancing his second wife—-another bablical david abi——those are the animals u yearn to have us cast our votes for-told u severally that abiola had to sing at owambe parties to enable him take balls of amala to his mama—-every weekend—Yet he made grade one in his school cert–where obj failed——-That Jonathan worked himself up to become an elected president of Nigeria-without shoes-cause his parents could not afford one for him–in a country where those who were blessed with shoes–bought for them with the revenue from the crude oil in his back-yard–could not win presidential elections-should be enough food for thought for u-an experience he shared to inspire millions of Nigeria youths–to become that which they yearn to become in life-What is there in Zik to in spire me-And what is the history of buhari ati atiku–told us–that Atiku was once a nurse and joined the Customs–Buhari the army? I begi–See-Jonathan has history–he grew up in an oil rich envirionment without a pair of shoes–because the tripod wanted him ati his people enslaved-4 ever–hence the need-4 separation———–Besides—its a shame on Nigeria–4 such to happen to one of her sons–in an oil producing enclave–see why the fulani north ati d tripod- refuses to allow us have resource control in the SS–the parasites want us all to remain withou shoes while they steal us blind_via the janjaweeds in Boko haram ati APC–animals

  • Dele

    Jonathan is the best president Nigeria ever had and none compares to him. He had no shoes, now he measure the nation’s wealth by the number thieves with private jets. oga Jona is the best president Nigeria can ever have. He get inspired by foreigners. Malala convinced him the girls were missing. We Nigerians failed in our efforts to convince him, not even the bring backthe girls could convince oga Jona. The solution to our security problems, was in Paris, so off to Paris he went, and the insecurity lingers. If nigerian money is missing, America will know he says… Jonathan is the best nigerian president. Former residents make a pretence of fighting corruption, for him, stealing is not corruption and, corrupt people should be pardoned, as long as they are members of the ruling party and they should be the face of his party. And he doesn’t give a damn. Other former presidents were very deceptive. Jonathan is the real president, at least he doesn’t pretend he wants to solve problems. He is my man. He finds peace in the bottle, and drinks the nations problems to stupor. Jonathan is the best leader Nigeria can ever have. All hail Jonathan, the man who governs by doing nothing much…… We elected him…. I stood in the sun and voted with my heart than my head. I love my President, the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria, so full of potential but perpetually underachieving.

    • redeem

      are these the parents of the alleged chibok girls–its an association hurriedly put together by APC for the fulani emirate fighting in boko haram-

      • Dele

        I agree with you. the whole thing is a conspiracy of the APC against oga Jona involving Malala, Michelle Obama, Diddy, Angelina Jolie, Gordon Brown, all those bloody European and American celebrities, and all the Bringbackthegirls campaigners…. They are all registered APC members in the Diaspora. Very wicked anti Jonathan global campaign. They want to bring oga Jona and his government down. It’s makes a whole lot of sense….

      • Truthometer

        Polluted brain. Always reasoning like his master, Dumbo. Simply pathetic.

      • Ahmad

        Redeem’s sadism is exceptional. Not even his elder brother Dumbo and that useless mighty baby called Edwin Clerk can beat him to that.

    • Island man

      @ Dele,fanstic write up here,#Jona looking for you in ASO villa,lol

  • Onike24

    Three hearty cheers for Malala, without whom Jona would not have known what to do!

    • redeem

      -At least five Pakistani girls were wounded in two separate acid attacks by motorcycle riders in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, police said Tuesday.

      In the latest incident, two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle squirted acid on two girls, aged 14 and 15 in the town of Mastung, some 40 kilometres east of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.

      “One girl’s face was wounded and the other’s neck got acid burns,” local police official Wazir Lango told AFP.

      The girls were returning from the local market when the attack occurred on Tuesday, Lango said, adding that doctors have not yet specified how severe the wounds were.

      Lango said that the girls were admitted to hospital, while the police had begun to investigate, but so far the motive behind the attack was unclear.

      Separately, two other unknown assailants riding a motorbike threw acid on three girls in their twenties in Quetta on Monday when they were also returning from a market, the city’s police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told AFP. Where is Obj in Pakistan mumu–sell yr country cheap oputside-all because the fulanis yearn for power

      He said that girls had suffered three to 11 percent burns on their faces.-this happening in her own country–may be APC can hire the sultan of sokoto and emir sanusi for a trip to Pakistan

    • S.A

      What is most important is getting the girls out, malala or no malala, visit or no visit. That he didn’t go see the parents of the girls since doesn’t mean he wasn’t making efforts to get them rescued. Let’s be realistic and not be judgmental because of personal misconceptions and hatred.

      • Onike24

        Not good enough! Why do you think he will get the girls back? The window of opportunity was lost when He was busy playing politics. The Americans have said that they do not know where the girls are, I cannot believe a word that Jonathan’s handlers say which is a shame…… How can you say Malala or no Malala? Do you know how incredulous it sounds to ordinary Kenyans that a 100 days later not only have the girls not been found, the President has not taken the time to console their mothers? It can NEVER happen in a sane society.

  • Suralab

    Jonathan needs to be ashamed because i cant believe it will be a 17yrs old girl that will prompt his visit, what a shame. The dream of a most populous black nation now rest on the shoulder of a clueless and vision less leader.