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“He should bury his head in shame”: Chibok community says minister lied about visiting Chibok parents

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“He should bury his head in shame”: Chibok community says minister lied about visiting Chibok parents

Dare Lawal

There is now fresh controversy over the reported visit of the minister of power, Mohammed Wakil, to the parents of the Chibok girls in Maiduguri earlier in the week.

Some people from Chibok are saying that contrary to the claims of the minister through a statement by his spokesman, Olawale Rasheed, no parent of any of the missing girls met with the minister.

A statement by the Director of Publicity of Kibaku Area Development Association, Dr. Allen Manasseh, on Friday, said the minister had not told the truth concerning the identities of the people he met with, wondering why the media were not invited to cover such an important engagement.

Manasseh said, “Barrister Mohammed Wakil, the Minister of State for Power, was never in any meeting with any parent of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

“He met with some displaced people from his local government, Damboa.”

Manasseh added that Wakil had shown his bias, saying the minister could not be a representative of people in Borno State.

He said it was unfortunate that despite gaining political prominence as a member of the House of Representatives, representing Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza, Wali did not see himself as always welcome outside Damboa.

He explained that a few women from Chibok at the meeting were politicians and associates of the minister, maintaining that they were not parents of the abducted schoolgirls or representatives of the people of Chibok town.

He said, “I know the details of the meeting and it was never intended for Chibok parents of the abducted girls. The Chibok people and many more from southern Borno are even very angry with Barrister Mohammed Wakil. Ever since our people kept suffering and are still languishing under the effects of terrorism, he never for once come anywhere near us; he never shows sympathy for our situations.”

Manasseh said, “Mohammed Wakil should bury him head in shame and and we are waiting for him in Chibok whenever he deems fit to visit. But he should stop deceiving Nigerians of what he has never done.

“The entire Chibok people are planning a media briefing to set the record straight.

“All those who spoke at his meeting in Maiduguri did that on their personal level, not for the abducted girls parents or Chibok people in general.”

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