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The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) has assured the Chibok community of its commitment to work with government to facilitate the rebuilding of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State which was destroyed by Boko Haram two years ago.
The Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, made this known in Chibok while addressing the parents of Chibok girls in preparation for tomorrow’s event to mark the second anniversary of the abduction of Chibok Girls by Boko Haram.
Over 200 school girls of the school were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014, and till date the girls are yet to be found.
“Rebuilding this school will be a symbol that your community remains resilient in the face of this adversity. We have to bring back our girls and we have to bring back our schools,” Muhammed-Oyebode said.
She further explained that since normalcy was gradually returning to the areas, it was important that the younger ones resume school as soon as possible.
Muhammed-Oyebode said the foundation was concerned about the plight of people and was working in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs to mark the second anniversary of the abduction of the school girls in Chibok.
While responding to the foundation, the Chairman of the Chibok community, Mr. Yakubu Nkeki, lauded the association and all Nigerians for the show of solidarity to the people of Chibok.
Nkeki also lauded government for enhanced security in Chibok and other parts of North-east in general, adding that it was a relief to them that Chibok was never allowed to be occupied by the insurgents.
“Despite what happened to us, we are grateful to the government because our community was never occupied by Boko Haram,” Nkeki said.
He noted that the coming of government officials to Chibok tomorrow for the second anniversary was a welcome development that would provide the community the opportunity to interact with them on issues.
The event, which took place at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, was symbolic as it was the first time the parents of the abducted girls and other members of the community entered the premises of the school since it was placed out of bound by security operatives about a year ago.