7 more Borno schoolgirls escape from B/Haram
This is my most troubling moment –Shettima
The Borno State Governmnet yesterday said seven more of the schools girls abducted have fled their captors and rejoined their families.
A statement by Governor Kashim Shettima’s spokesman Isa Gusau last night said this bring the number of female students so far found to 52, leaving 77 still missing.
The schoolgirls were taken by suspected Boko Haram gunmen from the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok last week.
The statement yesterday did not say specifically how the latest escapees fled their captors.
In his Easter message yesterday, Shettima described the last one week as his most troubling moment since he took over the mantle of affairs in May 2011.
He said though he had witnessed very dark days of insurgency inherited by his administration, none of the attacks had been more troubling for him than the abduction of the students.
“I have seen very serious moments since I became the Governor of Borno State in 2011 at a period of insurgent crisis. I have seen many innocent lives lost for no reason and I mourn every life lost with empathy and high sense of responsibility,” Shettima said.
“But the last one week have been my worst days as a governor and even the worst in my life. I am troubled as a father, as a leader and as a politician.
“First, as a father, any time my young daughter comes around me in the last one week at the Government House, my heart beats very fast, my heart become so heavy and I develop serious headache because when I look into the eyes of my young daughter, I wonder how the parents of these our students feel when faced with the harsh reality that their loving daughters are either in the hands of abductors in fear and desperation for freedom or wondering somewhere looking for safety while parents do not know the status of their children.
“I took a sympathetic note of one particular parent who reportedly said he preferred seeing his daughter’s corpse than the trauma of having her abducted.
“It is my very strong hope that all the students will come out of abduction safely. But as a father to a girl child I know exactly what is currently troubling the minds of parents and relations who are yet to see their children, I am deeply pained and I very much share the agonies of parents.
“More than everyone, as the leader, on whose area of governance, this unfortunate incident took place, I am very anxious to have our daughters freed because I know very well that the most important obligation of any Government be it at the Federal, State or Local Government level is to ensure the safety and welfare of its good citizens.
“Every good citizen deserves safety as a fundamental human need and right under a democratic system of governance.”