Chibok schoolgirls: Pause as a parent, to imagine 2,549 days of pains

By Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum

As a father of daughters, I can’t even imagine the pains of having one’s daughter held by terrorists for as long as seven whole years. 

However, I urge parents, especially anyone with a female child to pause for a while, no matter brief, to imagine might feel to one’s daughter abducted and held for more than 2,549 days so far. Imagine parents and relations of these girls been feeling in of these days. 

Certainly, the mental torture of not knowing the fate of one’s daughter in the of Boko Haram is far worse than losing a child.

No parent can ever lose hope in a child and having that hope comes with so much pains of anxiety and depression. 

Parents of Chibok schoolgirls been devastated they demonstrated faith and strength in the hope of reconnecting with their daughters. They deserve our continued empathy, our compassion, our support and most importantly, sharing their optimism. 

As a father of all sons and daughters of Borno, I haven’t lost hope that our remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other abducted persons will safely recovered.
From my series of interactions with the President, Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, I seen in him that he is as concerned as the parents of the Chibok girls and all of us. 

Countless times, the President has shown me that he is not losing hope on the Chibok girls. He says to me although a number of our girls were reunited with their parents and are being catered for by the Government, he is not happy the remaining girls are freed. 

I believe the President and I urge everyone in Borno to sustain prayers for those girls and everyone in abduction to safely freed, and for peace to fully and permanently restored in Borno. 

I pray that Allah in His infinite mercy answers our prayers and us the peace we have been so desperate to gain in almost 12 years now. 

While we pray, our prayers are being combined with relentless support for security agencies and funding thousands of our recruited volunteers, as we all remain determined in our shared goal to free Borno and all its people.

Zulum is the Governor of Borno State

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