Tears as Buhari, wife meet Chibok parents

By Olanrewaju Ajao                   Tears flowed freely on Friday as President Muhammadu Buhari; his wife, Aisha Buhari ; and the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo met behind closed doors with two of the parents whose children were among those seized at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State last year.

Missing Chibok girls
Missing Chibok girls

It was a sorrowful encounter as participants at the meeting could not hold back tears.

Mrs. Osinbajo was the first to lead the two Chibok parents to a meeting with Mrs. Buhari who later led them into another round of meeting with President Buhari.

The meetings took place at Defense Guest House.

By the time they emerged from the meeting and posed for photographs, the two women again broke down in tears while Mrs. Buhari held them tightly.

Mrs. Osinbajo could not resist joining them in weeping for the fate of over 200 school girls abducted since last year.

With her misty eyes, she later told State House correspondents what transpired during the two separate meetings.

She said, “Hajia Aisha Buhari had, for many months, wanted to visit Chibok. She also wanted to meet with the mothers.

“Today, we had an opportunity for them to meet face-to-face. We had two of the mothers who still have their daughters missing after a year.

“Hajia, being a mother, met with them, held them and they cried, everybody cried. What only a mother will do is to say ‘wait, I want you to see your father and see what your father will do.’

“We were all extremely overwhelmed that at this time when the President is so busy, he had time to meet with the women from Chibok.

“He spoke to them in English and Hausa. He explained to them how he keeps telling everybody to put themselves in their place.

“So, today, we have had the opportunity for the President and Hajia to show that they are our father and mother, for that we are glad.”

Shortly after the photo session, security men quickly whisked the weeping mothers away.

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