Obasanjo tells Chibok Parents never to lose faith in Christ
Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, met with parents of abducted Chibok school girls who face the fourth anniversary of their capitivity next month (14 April). He said: ““God never does evil. Whatever happens is to strengthen and make us perfect.”
The former president, who himself had been incarcerated and spent time in jail, said, “I understand how you feel now, I understand your pain and your anguish.”
“I want to share with you some of my own thought about the sovereignty of God and what He can do. He is all knowing, powerful and can do anything. The former president said. “Whatever God allows to happen, He allows it for a good purpose to test our faith and it is in testing of our faith that our character is shaped and strengthened,” Obasanjo told the parents.
Thirty parents of the abducted schoolgirls met with the former president at the Green Legacy Resort at his Presidential Library to request his assistance in putting more pressure on Nigeria’s current President Buhari to facilitate the rescue and freedom of the remaining 117 Christian schoolgirls.
This meeting comes shortly after the Nigerian government allegedly paid five million Euros for the release of 105 Muslim girls from Dapchi abducted by Boko Haram Islamists having spent about two weeks in captivity. The government denied paying any ransom for the release of the Dapchi girls.
Yakubu Nkeki spokesman of the delegation of parents said that the parents long for their daughters to be returned. “We call on national, regional and global influencers and authorities to support the Nigerian government to bring our nightmare to an end and to take measures so that we can send our remaining children to school with peace of mind, and give them an opportunity for a better future.” Nkeki said.
The parents appealed for prayers for their daughters. “They say that it takes a village to raise a child we call on our entire nation to pray for us and our daughters to work together with the government and use whatever contacts and resources you have to urgently bring our girls home safely.”
He added that with Obasanjo’s influence, “We believe these peaceful voices will galvanise action by the government and political leaders to protect students, ensure Safe School policies are implemented, and assure access to education without fear of violence.” Nkeki said.
Obasanjo, quoting from John 16:33; “I have told you this that you may have peace and confidence in me, but in the world, you will have tribulations, trials and distress, and be undaunted for I have overcome the world,” said in addition to all human efforts, God is in total control of the situation and charged the parents never to lose faith.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.