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Aisha Buhari and the Attempt at Succour for Missing Chibok Girls’ Parents

It is 812 days since the abduction of some female students believed to be about 276, from the Chibok town of Borno State. The event has since been marked with several moves and calls for the salvation of the innocent girls, especially with highly acclaimed the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
While the heat of the campaigns may not be as much as it was at the onset, the concerns for the missing girls have not died down, as many are still showing support for any endeavour that hopes to bring about their rescue. And while that is yet to be achieved, sharing in the sorrow of the families of the victims is also seeing as a way to show interest in the matter.
To this end, the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Sunday presented about N30m cash support to the girls’ parents at a ceremony in Maiduguri. She was represented by Hajiya Nana Shettima, the wife of the Borno State governor, who explained that the donation was to offer financial assistant for all their sufferings.
Mrs Aisha Buhari, through her representative, said: “Today’s presentation was in fulfilment of the promise I made earlier in the year during my book launch in Abuja.
“I made a promise that the proceeds will be used to better the lives of women and victims of insurgency in the North-East.

“This money is not a sort of compensation, but a kind of support for those in need.

“Our immediate prayer is for God to help trace and rescue the abducted girls so that they can be safely re-united with their families.”

With about 215 parents present at the event, each parent reportedly received a cash gift of N139,000.

The gesture by the wife of the president is an applaudable one, however one cannot fail to imagine how much it would mean to these parents whose loss is unquantifiable in terms of money.
The value of a child is immeasurable. The loss of the girls to their parents, community and the nation in general, is one that cannot be compensated for. While, as a nation, we applaud the efforts of the military and the government in combating the Boko-Haram insurgence and attempts at bringing back her missing citizens, as well as individual efforts to bring comfort to their survivors, we must always remember that no amount of succour can equate the loss.

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