One of the parents of Chibok Girls, Yakubu Nkeki has commended the LEADERSHIP Group for keeping their hope alive by keeping the issues of the abducted Chibok girls in the front burner even when many have decided to move on.
Nkeki who was speaking after receiving the award given to the Chibok girls by LEADERSHIP as the 2015 Young Persons of the Year at its Annual Awards and conference, Nkeki stated that the award has continue to remind them that their girls who were abducted in their school by the Boko Haram sect in 2014, were not alone.
“LEADERSHIP explained to us that they are recognising our girls because they don’t want them to be forgotten. Our girls are youth who if they were not abducted, would have been contributing a great deal to the development of the country. We appreciate the company for remembering our girls,” he said.
He added that the award will also remind the world that the girls are still with their captors and called for collaboration with world leaders so as to bring back the girls home.
Recall that LEADERSHIP has listed the girls as the awardees because of their symbolic role as an open wound in the nation’s fight against terrorism.
It added that the girls had been made Young Persons of the Year for two consecutive times in solidarity with the parents and families of the kidnapped 276 girls and the relentless spirit of the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners.
The award was received by some of the parents of the abducted girls lead by the chairman of the abducted girls parents association, Yakubu Nkeki.
The event had President Muhammadu Buhari as the special guest of honour, former head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar as the chairman, Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the guest of honour and governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmaneul as the guest speaker.
By Chika Mefor