Trouble is currently raging in the Chibok community of Borno State, as the parents of the kidnapped Government Secondary School girls, who were invited to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan at Aso Rock, the seat of power in Abuja, are presently at war with their community leaders over an alleged gift of N100 million given to them by the President.
Chibok Parents At War With Community Leaders Over Jonathan Money
The parents of the abducted Chibok girls are not happy that money given to them by the President has been misused by their community leaders.
According to a widely spreading news report carried by the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa Service monitored by pulse.ng, some of the parents accused the community leaders of shortchanging them and making a fortune out of their misfortune.
They complained that the money that was meant for them to alleviate their pains and misery, were shared by the leaders of their community while peanuts were given to the beneficiaries.
One of the parents who spoke, said that the sum of N7,000 was given to to some of them while some prominent ones among them got as much as N200,000 and N300,000.
This is how one of the parents put it:
When we came to Abuja, we were given some money. I received N200,000, some got N300,000 and some got nothing at all. Somebody told me that they (Presidency) gave about N100m.
The parent who got N7,000 said:
I was not able to go to Abuja; they chose some people from among us. Some received N100,000, some received N200,000, some N300,000. Those of us in the village were given N7,000. This is not a thing of joy. What we want are our girls to be brought back home.
We have not sold our daughters. I went to the farm and before I returned, the money was kept for me. This is not right.
But the Chairman of the Kibaku Area Development Association, Abuja chapter, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, who spoke on behalf of the Chibok community in Abuja, dismissed allegation against his group.
He also told the BBC that no Chibok parent could accuse him and members of the group of indifference to the plight of the kidnapped girls.
We don’t know how much was given but we are glad to note that the parents and the girls (who escaped) were given money in envelopes. The only role we played was to contact them to prepare to come to Abuja.
The report is a lie, we (community leaders) didn’t share any money. The money that was shared to the parents in envelopes was shared by Presidency officials. How can they even give out N100m? We Nigerians just like stories.
How can they give out such an amount of money? I don’t know how much they gave because I didn’t collect money, we Chibok elders only led them (parents of abducted girls and some escaped girls) to the President for the meeting.
There is no iota of truth in that report. I don’t even want to talk about it because I don’t know how such a story came about. The money that was shared to the parents was handled by Presidency officials who gave out envelopes to the parents, so I was not involved in the sharing and I can’t say anything about it.
Who do we believe now?
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