The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima appointed Yakubu Nkeki, the Chairman of an association of the Chibok schoolgirls’ Parents as councillor of Mbalala ward in Chibok local government area.
The governor made the announcement on Monday, being Boxing Day, while hosting the 21 rescued Chibok schoolgirls at a government house in Chibok town, where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted Boko Haram insurgents at a Government Secondary School on April 14, 2014, after a night attack.
The girls presented a gift of medium size photo frame with a bold ‘THANK YOU’ printed on it. Glory Dama, one of the 21 girls gave it to the governor. The frame has pictures the Governor took with the girls when he visited them in Abuja months back. The frame also has individual pictures of each of the 21 girls.
“As you know, 56 of your colleagues who escaped abduction are currently in two international schools where they have been since 2014. We are taking care of all their educational needs from school fees to other basics. Left to me, I would want the 21 of you to join them in those two schools so that you can all feel at home and move on. However, the Federal Government has a plan which we will jointly discuss and come up with a decision that is acceptable to you our daughters. President Muhammadu Buhari loves you so much and he is deeply concerned about our daughters that are yet to be freed. He is working on that and we are all working.
We appointed Yakubu Nkeki as councillor for him to have a formal platform to continue his advocacy for the welfare of families of missing Chibok girls, for him to ensure that they are given special consideration at all times the local government area on all issues, particularly on welfare, on issues of their health, empowerment etc. Keke will also serve as a constant reminder to the council that there are parents like him who live in pains. He is simply there to advocate for the welfare of the parents and also as someone who has been a victim, he will stand efforts of Government to protect schools through Community surveillance in addition to formal security establishments”
He said he was going to meet with the parents of the girls that are yet to be released. This is what he said below…
I will be meeting the parentstomorrow (Tuesday)” he said.
He further said…”Nothing is too much for these girls and their parents. They have suffered too much and deserve our support”.