BBOG Continues March For Chibok Girls’ Release In Abuja, Lagos

BBOG Continues March For Chibok Girls' Release In Abuja, LagosThe Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group on Thursday continued its week-long activities in Abuja and Lagos, to mark the third anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction.

The march was dominated with school children who came out to show solidarity with the school girls who were abducted in April 2014 from a secondary school in Chibok community of Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

Just as in the previous days, the leaders of the BBOG movement trooped out to express their displeasure over what they called the “delay in the rescue of the girls”.

They also raised concerns about the condition of the 24 girls that have regained their freedom from the Boko Haram terrorists, and sought to know how they are being treated.

Speaking to Channels Television in Lagos, one of the BBOG conveners, Aisha Oyebode, asked government to ensure the security of Nigerians and school children in particular.

“We want safety in our schools, but we want the government to be accountable for every Nigerian child; not just in the northern part of the country but across the whole country,” she said.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement, said the menace of the terrorist group was a great challenge to the resolve of his administration to implement the Change Agenda.

He, however, stated government’s resolve to secure the release of the Chibok girls and others who were forcefully abducted from their homes and communities, as well as retake the territories occupied by the terrorists.

President Buhari also expressed appreciation to “the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and (still) waiting for the return of their children”.

BBOG: Falana Condemns Inability To Rescue Girls One Year After

Femi_FalanaA Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Falana condemned the continued abduction of the girls and the inability to rescue them one year after.

Mr Falana was speaking during a vigil held by the Lagos Chapter of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners in Ikoyi.
“These girls have been away for one year and their parents have had their hopes dashed> It is very sad and that is why we are united here today in demanding for the release of these girls

“The government must intensify all efforts to have these girls released”, he said.

The Coordinator of the Lagos Bring Back Our Girls Campaign, Mrs Aisha Oyebode, commended the military for recapturing towns hitherto under the control of Boko Haram, but wondered why “if girls could actually escape on their own, why can’t we go in there and rescue the ones that are remaining”, she said.

She also added that “it has been a long and sad year”, and “we never thought that it will take this long.

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Lagos Co-ordinator, Bring Back Our Girls, Aisha Oyebode.

“We have said it that it is not a sprint, it could be a marathon, but as long as it takes, we will continue to campaign until these girls are found and brought back to their parents”, she maintained.

Human rights activist and lawyer, Missus Ayo Obe on her part accused the Federal Government of using the kidnapped girls as a “political football.

“Even the British government has released a statement on the one year anniversary of the terrible abduction but our government has remained deafeningly silent.

“The foreign office in London is issuing a statement, the President-Elect (Muhammadu Buhari) is issuing a statement, but the president seems to have felt less concerned because he didn’t win the election; therefore he doesn’t have a job to do anymore.

She noted that President Jonathan will leave his footsteps in the sands of time should he ensure the safe return of the girls before the end of his tenure.

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Human rights activist and lawyer, Ayo Obe.

“It will be a crown of glory for the president”, if he shows that “ everybody that he is serous about his role as President of Nigeria and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces and make sure that before he leaves office, he will bring back those girls”, she said.

One of the relatives of the kidnapped girls, Maina Yahi Mohammed, in an exclusive interview with Channels Television narrated the ordeal of his family since the sad incident, maintaining that it has been  hell on earth for them.

“It has been hell for me particularly, because I actually lost my nephew and my cousin; they were killed by Boko Haram in August of 2014.

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Relative of some of the kidnapped girls, Maina Yahi Mohammed

“Regarding the Chibok girls, I have two cousins among them and since then, the family has been traumatised and our home has been like hell, because it is better to see their dead bodies than hearing that our daughters; our sisters have been kidnapped.

Channels Television’s Victor Mathias reports that out of the 276 girls abducted, 59 escaped captivity, none have been rescued and 219 still remain in captivity.

He adds that 11 parents of the missing girls have also died since the incident occurred on April 14, 2014.