Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) has issued a press release dissociating themselves from a statement credited to a caretaker chairman in Chibok, Borno State. The release which was issued in Abuja is as follows;
“Our attention has been drawn to recent publication credited to Chibok community leader in Maiduguri who allegedly said the community rejected the safe school initiative. May we the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), the umbrella body of all the Kibaku people make it abundantly clear that we welcome the laudable safe school initiative and embrace it wholeheartedly.
Whereas the rescue of our daughters is still top most on our priority list, we equally appreciate the fact that pending their return, those at home need to protected, educated and their welfare generally provided for. In that regard we wish to thank the Bornu State Government for sponsoring some of the escaped girls to continue with their education.
Similarly, the recent act of the Federal Government through the Minister of Finance and coordinating Minister of the Economy, in initiating the reconstruction of GGSS Chibok is a development in the right direction which the community appreciate, we call on the Bornu State Government to also contribute its quota in that regard.
KADA did not only welcome the reconstruction of the burnt school, but will appreciate provision of link road, hospital, pipe born water, etc to this traumatized community.
We use this opportunity also to express our appreciation to all Governments, Press. NGOs and well-meaning individuals around the world who stood and continue to stand by us through this traumatic incident and urge all to persevere to the end: the safe return of our girls.
Let us always remember that political consideration is not an issue to be allowed to sneak into this humanitarian disaster of monumental proportion that has befallen us. Thank you all.”
The release was presented by the National Secretary (KADA) Engr. Battah Ndirpaya.
While answering questions from news men after the release, Engr. Battah Ndirpaya said that nobody can sacrifice his ward for a school project and he maintained that the truth was that education is important. “The truth is that education is important. And for somebody to bring the impression that we don’t want the school reconstruction is going by the acronym; Boko Haram – We don’t want school – we want to make sure that Chibok people want school”, he said, while responding to a question from journalists.
One of the representatives of Chibok community at the event, Tsambido Hosea said that Chibok people should not reject any project from any government even if it is politically motivated, because such will bring development to the community.
The national publicity secretary of KADA, Dr. Allen Manasseh, while answering question on safety of the new project said that it is a special project meant to take care of security lapses found in regular schools.
It will be recalled that on April 14 2014, nearly a year ago, a group of Boko Haram insurgents invaded the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok community and abducted over 200 girls said to be writing an examination, and burnt down the school.