Lead the Search for Our Abducted Daughters, Parents Tell Jonathan
However, two of the parents of the abducted schoolgirls have called on Jonathan to lead the military search team for their children in Sambisa Forest.
They said they were making the call because it had become very glaring to them that nothing serious had been done by the government to free the girls.
According to them, the best way for Nigerians and the rest of the world to know that the country had not yet given up on the search was for the President to get directly involved.
One of the parents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The President should learn the act of motivating his citizens. Let him first visit the school where the girls were abducted and then wear his military uniform as the Commander-in Chief of the nation’s armed forces and lead a team to search for our children.
“Some women the other time told Nigerians that they were willing to storm the Sambisa Forest in search of the abducted schoolgirls and the rest of the nation applauded their courage.
“ The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, should also get involved, What stopped her from volunteering to lead the search party.
“Let her stop all this adverts on the television portraying her as “Mama Peace” and lead by example by leading the women who she claimed to be leading to look for their daughters.”
Another parent said, “If I am the President, I will wear my military uniform and lead the military into the Sambisa Forest.”
Two other parents, who spoke on the telephone, said they were fast losing hope that their daughters might return to them.
One of them, said, “It is now 15 days after the incident and we are still in the dark as to the efforts being made to get our children freed. All we have been hearing is that they have been married off and sexually maltreated.”
Another parent asked, “Do we have government in this country at all that could be relied upon to protect all of us?”
“My daughter and over 200 others are in the hands of a couple of hoodlums in a specified forest for 15 days now and we pride ourselves as having one of the strongest armies on the African continent.
“How strong does a military need to be to free over 200 schoolgirls from the arms of a couple of disgruntled ragtag militants?” she asked.
• Soldier backs parents’ call on President
A soldier, who spoke anonymously with journalists in Maiduguri said he was in support of the call by the parents on Jonathan to get directly involved in rescuing the girls.
He said, “His (Jonathan) presence even in Maiduguri let alone Chibok could do some magic as the troops will definitely know that they are on an important mission for fatherland and will be ready to even sacrifice their blood.”
“If the President now go the extra mile and wear the military camouflage even to the periphery of Sambisa Forest, the entire Armed Forces will not be under any illusion that this is a sectional battle but a war that the country must win.
“This will equally tell the service chiefs and all heads of security agents that there is no more hiding place and that the President mean action.”
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