Parents of the abducted Chibok secondary school girls looked back on Tuesday as the world marked the anniversary of the incident and described their agony and pain.
The also maintained that the federal Government has not done enough to rescue their daughters in the past year since they were snatched by Boko Haram.[slideshow]39080[/slideshow]
The parents and other relatives of the missing girls expressed their feelings during an anniversary service at the premises of Government Secondary School where more than 200 girls were abducted one year ago in an act that shocked the world.
The parents, who dressed in black attire to mourn their daughters, could not hold back their tears as they wept bitterly, questioning whether they will ever again be reunited with their children.
Mariam Abubakar, 48, one of the mothers, described the past year as one of agony, noting that many of the parents have died, while many others are nursing one sickness or the other.
''Is the Federal government doing anything to rescue our daughters?” she asked. “If the daughter of President [Jonathan] were among them, do you think they would still [be with their Boko Haram captors] up till now?
Prof. Hawa Biu, who went to Chibok to sympathize with the parents, said they have suffered enough from Boko Haram, but will not stop their demands until their daughters are released to them.
''We shall continue to demands for the release our daughters and Federal government must seeks any means available to rescue these girls because Boko haram has killed thousands of women and girls in the last five years. 'Chibok girls must regain their freedom,” she said.
The Chairman of the Borno State Christians Association, Rev. Titus Poona, fortified the parents with prayers for the release of the girls. He also prayed for peace in Borno State and Nigeria at large.
The abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls from their dormitory in Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok on April 14 last year caused global outrage, with many prominent people across the globe demanding their release, and action by the government in that regard.