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Philanthropist Aisha Oyebode visits Chibok | Read her Story #BringBackOurGirls

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Aisha Oyebode is a renowned entrepreneur and the head of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (Named after her late father General Murtala Muhammed). Along with her husband Gbenga Oyebode (renowned lawyer and former Chairman of Access Bank), she is involved in various business and charitable initiatives.

She visited Chibok, the place where young Nigerian girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram and till today, most of them are still missing. Read about her experience below.

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Aisha Oyebode Chibok5Monday April 11th I visited the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok to meet with the parents; mothers and fathers of our Chibok daughters ahead of the 2nd anniversary of the abduction of our Chibok daughters. Last month the parents had indicated that they would prefer that the anniversary be hosted in their school, they wished to be in their own surrounding to reflect and pray for their daughters and commune on what they wish and want in their continued loss.

We approached the Ministry of Women Affairs on behalf of the Families and they accepted to work with us to make this reality. My preceding visit was to work with their parents in reviewing their plans, logistics for the visit and to prepare for such an important occasion, which will take to them a strong government delegation and give them the opportunity to be heard and ask for the continued government support they needed.

Arriving at the GGSS Chibok was a bitter sweet moment. Though I have met large numbers of the mothers of our daughters, I met many fathers as well. I could hug the mums and convey directly to all the parents that there are many of us out there in the world crying for their daughters to be released and I could sense that gave them so much comfort. Being physically in the school however really brought home the stark reality of the abduction of our girls.

The message I bring back is that of gratitude to and prayers for every one who has supported the cry for their daughters’ return.

When I asked if they wanted to articulate other requests from the Federal Government, their initial response was that they wanted nothing except that their daughters be returned. However I told the parents that the schools destroyed by Boko Haram should be rebuilt. I told them that rebuilding Government Girls’ Secondary School will be a symbol that the community remains resilient in the face of adversity, I also that it is important for the younger children to resume school as soon as possible so “WE HAVE TO BRING BACK OUR GIRLS AND BRING BACK OUR SCHOOLS

There was a high level of security and relative calm. As emphasised by the chairman of the Missing Girls’ Movement Mr Yakubu Nkeki, despite what happened their community was never fully occupied by Boko Haram and those that were occupied had largely been liberated.

It was evident that much of our territory has been taken back by the Nigerian . As we drove from Yola to Chibok, we could see even in Adamawa State, buildings that had been blown up,, with many riddled with bullet holes which showed how far Boko Haram incursion into our territory had gone. However we could see significant rebuilding efforts both on the road including the shiny new roofs of many new buildings in the villages.

I really cannot end this report without truly thanking our Nigerian military for their valour and patriotism. As I interacted with the different brigades that kindly escorted us from Yola to Chibok and back, a journey that took 13 hours plus, I saw young Nigerian soldiers that were drawn from all parts of our great country working hard to defend our territorial integrity. I am truly proud to be a Nigerian.

~ Aisha Muhammed Oyebode – CEO Murtala Muhammed Foundation

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14 Comments

  1. isaid!!

    April 13, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Well done Aisha, God bless you for bringing us close to this region. Many of us have indeed wondered how the parents of these girls coped. May God be with them and we’ll continuously hope and pray that they get our daughters back.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    April 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Same old, same old… She didnt do anything special or maybe the pics she took there is special, i dont knw….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • nonye

      April 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Actually she’s been on this matter from the beginning. At least she is still pressing for their discovery and release especially where some people think the whole thing is a hoax or those who believe think that BBOG has gone silent, she’s still dedicated to the cause.

  3. chidinma

    April 13, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    May GOD help us all

  4. jwezee

    April 13, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    You people still believe that some 200 girls are missing…..

    • Layo

      April 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      And you, why do you not believe?

    • Faith

      April 14, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      I’m always perplexed when Nigerians open their mouths to say there are no missing girls. If boko haram can kill hundreds, is it unthinkable for them to kidnap hundred? Do you live in that region.
      ? Have you seen the carnage at all? What type of convincing evidence do you want to see?

  5. Nkechi

    April 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Wao, people like Aisha are those we call silent millionaires with impact. Please where are these girls?

  6. Ethel

    April 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Nice one Ma! more power to your elbow

  7. Tosin

    April 13, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    balls

  8. ujay

    April 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I find it hard to believe that those girls are actually missing. Its my opinion though not fact. Whatever the case is, you did well Ma. God bless you for taking that bold step. I pray and hope the girls will return one day.

  9. ATL's finest

    April 13, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    God bless her for her effort & what a silent entrepreneur. But pls hope she can look into fixing MM airport as well JS. Especially the baggage claim region lol.

    • nonye

      April 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      as in fix MM airport herself (ergo a private individual should fix govt infrastructure which she doesn’t own personally)?

  10. FasholasLover

    April 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I am a firm believer that no woman can steal a man.
    Having said that, anytime l see this woman, l remember one oga at work when l worked in Nigeria whose husband left cos she did not have kids. He is Mr. Oyebode.

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