ASP Yama Pogu (retd), father of one of the recently released Chibok girls, Margaret Yama, on Saturday said he will not tell his daughter about the death of her mother one month after the girls’ abduction by Boko Haram.
The retired police officer stated this before the girls reunited with their parents in Abuja.
Over 200 school girls were abducted from their hostel by Boko Haram militants in April 2014.
“I cannot describe to you how I feel right now because some of the girls are yet to be rescued, if all the girls where back, then we would have been able to say our mind without fear but the girls still in captivity are still our daughters so right now. All I have to say is that we are grateful to the Federal Govwrnment and Shekau, for allowing the government meet and come to an understanding that returned our daughters to us.
“My wife died within a month of our daughters’ abduction because so I don’t want to talk so much about it because it still hurts. My daughter was abducted over three years and two months ago but since God has brought her out safely, I have nothing else to say than my gratitude.
“After the girls abduction, only God knows the effort we put in and the bushes that we entered in our search for the girls but we always returned empty handed. All of us parents went into the bush and searched for them but it was bigger than us, if I say that I am going to talk about what these statements means, I don’t know what might happen, I already came before now and said everything that their is to say.
“But you see my daughter Margaret was her mother’s only daughter, only boys. So after she was taken, her mother was heart broken and could not bear the thought of it, so that is why I don’t want to talk so much about it, I don’t want my daughter to hear of her mother’s death. I am not going to tell her of her mother’s death, she has already gone through a lot as it is, I am scared of what might happen if I break such a news to her, I will wait until the rest are back and she is strong enough to tell her.”