The mother of one of the missing Chibok girls sent a heartfelt plea on her daughter’s 20th birthday, begging the public to please wish her a happy birthday and remember her in their prayers.
Esther Yakubu told CNN she wants the world to remember that her daughter Dorcas was one of the 276 schoolgirls that Boko Haram militants kidnapped in April 2014 in northern Nigeria. She was 16 at the time.
Dorcas Yakubu, also known as Maida, is among more than 100 young women who still remain in Boko Haram captivity after the Nigerian government negotiated the release of some of the students within the past two years.
The mother said she is speaking out because she doesn’t want her daughter to be forgotten. Esther Yakubu said;
“I want the world to remember her and the other girls in their prayers,”
“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,”
A hard-working student, Dorcas had been looking forward to her graduation, her mother said. She was interested in business and also wanted to become a professor.
Esther Yakubu promised she would ensure her daughter continued her education to obtain multiple degrees. She said;
“Unfortunately … she has not graduated from secondary school. Not only that, she’s nowhere to be found,”
A member of a choir in Chibok, Dorcas loved to sing, even while cooking, her mother said, breaking out into her daughter’s favorite tune.
“I used to hear her sing (it) always,” Yakubu said. “Anytime I want to recall her to my soul, I sing that song.”