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Tears As Buhari, Aisha Receive Chibok Mothers

Posted: Jun 13, 2015 at 2:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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By Chesa Chesa, Abuja, William Igenegbai, Lagos

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with two mothers of the missing Chibok girls at the Defence House, Abuja, where his wife, Aisha, and wife of the Vice-President, Dolapo Osinbajo, cried along with the grieving women.

The President who met the women behind closed doors was said to have sympathised with them and reassured them of his government’s determination to rescue the girls and bring them back home.

Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostel at a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists in April last year. They are yet to be rescued by the military.

Buhari, Aisha Receive Chibok Mothers

Buhari, Aisha Receive Chibok Mothers

After the meeting with Buhari, wife of the Vice-President told reported that it was an emotional session and it was gratifying that the President took time out of his busy schedule to meet with the women.

Mrs. Osinbajo said: “Hajia Aisha Buhari had for many months, wanted to visit Chibok. She also wanted to meet with the mothers. Today, we had an opportunity for them to meet face to face. We had two of the mothers who still have their daughters missing after a year.

“Hajia, being a mother met with them, held them and they cried; everybody cried. What only a mother will do is to say ‘wait, I want you to see your father and see what your father will do.’

“We were all extremely overwhelmed, that at this time when the President is so busy, he had time to meet with the women from Chibok.

“He spoke to them in English and Hausa. He explained to them how he keeps telling everybody to put themselves in their place.

“So, today, we have had the opportunity for the President and Hajia to show that they are our father and mother, for that we are glad.”

Meanwhile, President Buhari leaves Abuja today to attend the 25th African Union (AU) Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

According to a statement issued leased in Abuja by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari “will be undertaking his first continental assignment since taking office by chairing the meeting of the Peace and Security Committee of the AU summit”.

The President will also be holding a number of bilateral meetings that would consolidate his ongoing drive to secure Nigeria and the neighbouring countries from Boko Haram attacks, Adesina stated.

This is more so as the theme of this year’s AU meeting is on security. Buhari is expected back home on Tuesday, the spokesman added.