Dorcas Yakubu, the youngest of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted on April 14 2014 along with 276 other predominantly Christian schoolgirls by Boko Haram is celebrating her 20th birthday in captivity with the Islamic terror group. Dorcas, also known as Maida, was 16 when she was kidnapped.
Dorcas’ mother, Esther, made a plea on Friday 8 June, asked the world not to forget her daughter and the Chibok school girls still in captivity. “Please wish her a happy birthday and remember her in your prayers.” She begged. “She’s a special child. My first daughter. She’s my adviser. She makes me happy all the time and comforts me when I’m down. She’s my everything.” Esther said.
Dorcas was used prominently in two Boko Haram propaganda videos on YouTube to send messages to the Nigerian government as well as give proof of life of the abducted schoolgirls who are now four years in the hands of the Islamic terrorists.
Dorcas Yakubu, along with over 100 other girls have remained in captivity though recent reports indicate that the number of the girls still alive is far less than that.
President Buhari, with the assistance of the Swiss government, had negotiated the release of 103 of the girls after a payment of about 10 million Euros, which the government denies giving, and the release of some prominent leaders of the terrorist Islamic sect.
Leah Sharibu, the only Christian among 110 other school girls abducted in February this year in Dapchi, Yobe State, Northeastern Nigeria, by the Al Barnwi faction of the Islamic terrorist Boko Haram sect was denied her freedom in a negotiated release of the girls because she refused to convert to Islam. All others who are Muslims have returned home except Leah.
Dorcas, the first child of the five children; two boys and three girls, is member of a choir in her Church in Chibok. To remember her daughter, Esther told CNN, she would always remember and sing one of the songs Dorcas sang as she cooked. “I used to hear her sing (it) always,” Yakubu said. “Anytime I want to recall her to my soul, I sing that song.”
Emmanuel Ogebe, lawyer and rights activist, said there has been no negotiated release of Chibok girls by the government for over a year and it has become even more necessary to continue to pray for the abducted schoolgirls.
Hassan John is West Africa Aditor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.