… Presents Them With Two Grandchildren
By Bukar Bolori
Ruth Pagu, one of the girls abducted by Boko Haram at a secondary school in Chibok seven years ago on Saturday reunited with her parents with a gift of two grandchildren.
Ruth was one of the over 200 girls abducted on April 14, 2014 by the terrorist group during a midnight attack on at the hostel of Girls Government School, Chibok.
According to a statement the spokesman to Borno State Governor (Prof. Babagana Zulum), Mallam Isa Gusau, Ruth, alongside someone she was said to have married during her captivity, surrendered themselves to the Nigerian military on July 28, 2021 at a location in Bama.
Gusau said under the supervision of his boss, security and government officials kept the development secret and used the last 10 days to contact Ruth’s parents and the association of parents of the missing schoolgirls in order to ascertain her identity.
It was a sweet reunion on Saturday when the governor reunited Ruth with her overwhelmed parents at the Government House, Maiduguri.
An excited Governor Zulum said reuniting with Ruth was a boost to keeping the hopes of parents, other family members and the Borno State alive in the optimism that all others still in captivity, will be safely found and in good health.
Zulum said the government will sponsor a rehabilitation and reintegration programme determined by Ruth for her focusing on health, psychosocial well being and her chosen path to a productive future.
The Governor commiserated with families of those still in captivity and urged them to remain optimistic, prayerful and cooperative with security agencies should they be required for any measure.
He said: “I am extremely excited both as Borno’s Governor and father of all sons and daughters of the state, and also as a father to daughters. I know the feeling of families of those still under captivity but we have to remain hopeful especially with today’s development.”
Chairman of the Chibok Girls Movement, an association of all affected parents, Yakubu Keki, expressed joy over the return of Ruth Apagu. He said, the people of Chibok appreciate the efforts of security establishments and the concern and support regularly shown by Governor Zulum on the plight of parents whose daughters are still missing.