Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged parents of Chibok schoolgirls still in Boko Haram custody to be hopeful and have confidence in God.
He said this on Saturday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, while receiving 30 parents of the schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State, who came to seek his regional and global connections to assist in the release of their daughters from captivity.
Their visit was informed by the recent release of 104 schoolgirls abducted in Dapchi, Yobe State, by the terrorist group. Obasanjo, in a brief exhortation to the distraught parents, quoted from the Bible using John 16 verse 33.
He said in the world, mortals were bound to face trials and tribulations but they must be hopeful in God, just like Jesus told his disciples. A total of 276 schoolgirls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014 at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
He further told the Chibok girls’ parents — comprising 17 women and 13 men, that God does not do evil and they should not despair, adding that God was only building their faith and confidence.
He said whatever God allowed to happen was aimed at strengthening and making them perfect, noting that it could be traumatising not to see the abducted girls for four years on.