At last, President Goodluck Jonathan, today, held a close-door meeting with parents of female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state who were kidnapped by members of Boko Haram on April 14.
Those who were at the meeting, held in the Banquete Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, were some of the female students that escaped from their captors in Sambisa forest. Others at the meeting were the Senate President, David Mark, Governors Isa Yuguda and Ibrahim Geidam of Bauchi and Borno states respectively, as well as some Chibok traditional rulers and Principal of the affected school.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting, where newsmen were carefully kept away, special adviser to President Jonathan, Dr. Reuben Abati said the President assured the victims that when Boko Haram is eventually defeated, his government would rebuild Chibok and other structures which its members destroyed.
Dr. Abati said that the President also assured the affected students that their education would not be truncated, saying that everything would be done to ensure they complete their education.
The special adviser said that over 200 people, representing various interest groups travelled all the way from Chibok to Abuja to attend the meeting, adding that after the meeting, “everybody’s spirit was high because the President gave them something practical to hope for.” [myad]