Parents of the missing Chibok girls have alleged that some people are using their grief to enrich their pockets.

The parents told Punch that they had yet to receive the N30m donations made by Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President’s wife had three weeks ago presented a cheque of N55m to the parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls and those of the Buni Yadi School boys.
Dolapo, wife of the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, collected the cheque of N30m on behalf of their parents while the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Khadijat Bukar, received the cheque of N25m meant for the parents of the Buni Yadi boys.

However, Yana Galla, the chairperson of the association of the parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls living in Chibok and its surrounding villages, dispelled the rumours that the monies had been shared to them.

Galla said the money was still with the aides to the President’s wife.

Ladi Lawan Zannah and some of the parents of the missing girls, while speaking on the awaited donations, said many people had turned their grief into a money-making venture and feeding fat on it.
She said apart from the N100,000 assistance they received from the Borno State Government in August of 2015, the last assistance they got since then was N5,000, which they received from MTN Foundation during the second year anniversary of the abductions of the girls, this year.

“We only hear that something has been given and we have been waiting endlessly for it to get to us. Will it come today or the next day? This has always been the case, whereas the assistance may never get to us,” she said.

On the N30m donations by Aisha Buhari, Ladi said, “The only thing we have ever got was two pairs of wrapper and N5,000 which accompanied it.

“If the money was released, it hasn’t reached us. The N5,000 I talked about with the wrapper was given to us during the second anniversary prayers of our missing daughters.”

Ayama Pogu a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, who complained bitterly, asked the government to rethink its engagement with all of those claiming to be representing them.

He added that the Chibok parents were being shortchanged.

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