A parent of one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls on Friday decried how some individuals have decided to use their plight to make fast money rather than help them to advance the rescue mission of their daughters, who have been in the custody of Boko Haram insurgents since April 14 of this year.
Mr Bulama Jonah, who was apparently displeased, said he was amazed that some individuals, both in Borno State and in Abuja, had turned the abduction of their daughters into a franchise where they could easily buy into for personal benefits.
“We never knew human beings could be so cold-hearted until this unfortunate plight befell us. Nothing could be compared to our daughters. But unfortunately, when government in the state sent in relief items for the victims of the abduction, we witnessed how those food items and even money were being cornered and diverted.
“When we went to Abuja, monies were given as transport fare and the whole world was accusing us of trading off our children for pecuniary benefits, but little did those critics know that even we that were invited did not benefit half of the said amount; it all went into the pockets of some certain individuals.
“We are not interested in anybody’s money but the freedom of our daughters; that is all we want from government under whose custody the girls were taken. Nobody should be use us for personal gains; there are lots of atrocities being committed in the name of our abducted daughters which we would begin to expose in due course.
“We have been abandoned by everybody, including the government officials. The only people talking and remembering us consistently are members of the BringBackOurGirls group in Abuja whom we see every day sitting out for the sake of our daughters; may God reward them”, Bulama lamented.