15 Chibok girls awarded scholarships to American University Academy

Some of the girls (Pix. Atiku Abubakar)

Fifteen Chibok school girls who escaped fro‎m their Boko Haram abductors have been awarded scholarships to attend the American University Nigeria Academy, AUN, Yola.

The girls were amongst over 250 school girls kidnapped from their hostels at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, by Boko Haram militants.

At least 50 of the girls managed to escape. Their colleagues have remained in captivity more than four months after.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is the founder of AUN, said he and some individuals have awarded 15 of the escaped girls scholarships.

“‎1‎5 of the #ChibokGirls who escaped have been admitted into AUN Academy on a scholarship,” Mr. Atiku tweeted.

“My sincere thanks to the good spirited individuals and friends who raised funds for this worthy cause. #BringBackOurGirls‎” he added.

Mr Atiku also tweeted pictures of the girls in a classroom.

15 Boko Haram female escapees captured from Chinok (Pix. Atiku Abubakar)
15 Boko Haram female escapees captured from Chinok (Pix. Atiku Abubakar)

The scholarships are the first major individual donations to the girls since they regained their freedom.

They came after 17-year-old Pakistani girl-child education campaigner, Malala Yousafzai, announced in July that her foundation had raised USD$200,000 in support of the girls’ education.

Malala made the announcement while meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, who also announced government scholarships for all the girls to complete their education in other parts of the country.

A second alleged donation by the president ended in a controversy after the parents of the girls disclosed that they were handed cash gifts when they met with Mr. Jonathan in Abuja.

Leaders in Chibok community accused the presidency of exposing the parents of the girls to ridicule, by giving some parents as much as N200, 000 while others received nothing.

The money was paid by a presidential aide, the Chibok leaders said.

“While we acknowledge that any well intended support for our suffering population which has lost means of livelihood since the events of April 14 and subsequent attacks could be welcome,” the leaders said. “However the approach that the presidency adopted has brought reproach and dishonour to our community in the eyes of the public that has supported us since the abduction of our daughters.”

The presidency denied offering money to the girls and their parents and pledged to investigate the claims. It is unclear if it did.


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  • mfon

    Good job Atiku. This shows that its not until you win elections or you are in government that you can do something meaningful. We expect more from individuals who have one time or the other benefited from the wealth of Nigeria

  • solomon

    THose that escaped from northerner army got financial help but those Igbo killed got nothing. God will punish Atiku and those helping those cow sisters/brothers

    • Zirem

      You are not human.

    • sir Oscie

      SORRY!!!

  • vertaalbureau.alfabet

    What does he do for the 219 left behind and the 300 or so other girls who are raped and tortured every day?

    • Maria

      You should direct that question to the mumu occupying aso villa.

    • Esther

      Atiku is not the only politician in this country, we should commend his kind gesture. If other individuals can do same there will be hope for the hopeless.

    • sir Oscie

      Bring them back and the Atiku I know will give them EDUCATION. This question should be directed to President GEJ and a citizen like you are.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Well done Atiku Abubakar Turakin Adamawa for your kind gesture by offering the escapee chibok girls scholarship with this, you have shown that you are a true father and some one who cares for the poor hope that others will emulate you.

  • Zirem

    Well done Turakin Adamawa! If we had just 5 more people like of Atiku in this country, things wouldn’t have gone bad

  • Yejide Kayode

    Welldone to you. Your goodwill gesture deserved applaud and believing in humanity. God will favour you for your kindness to the weak and vulnerable in our society.

  • sir Oscie

    Very good job Turakin Adamawa.
    You have shown Nigerians time and time again that you are a father to all and will do everything you can to see the less privileged in the society have a meaningful life and put smiles on people’s faces.
    Some may call it political moves but I will say if politics is helping the poor, giving hope to the hopeless, giving education to the less privileged and life to those who thinks all hope is gone, Then so be it and lets all play the game of politics like our statesman Atiku the Turakin Adamawa and make our country great again.
    Long live Atiku and May God continue to bless him to do more for Nigerians.

    KUDOS!!!

  • Tiiye

    Each of us needs to search our hearts. We need not be ignorant of the menace of global enchantment, international witchcraft, and other dimensions of kabbalah occult conspiracies spreading eugenics, and ethnic cleansing in this postmodern world. The solution cannot be found in politics or any other system being manipulated by these so called elites or experts. The Saviour was/is Suffering Servant. We all need to learn how to mature as partakers in Him.

  • Nuorah

    Well done Wazirin Adamawa Alhaji Atiku Abubakar