Why Twitter Temporarily Restricted Activist, Aisha Yesufu

Micro-blogging site, Twitter, ‘temporarily restricted’ the account of activist Aisha Yesufu for a couple of hours on Thursday.

Yesufu is a co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign.

The account was restored after several Nigerians with large following on Twitter reacted to the development, urging Twitter to restore Yesufu’s account.

A former minister of education and also BBOG co-founder, Oby Ezekwesili, tweeted in support of Yesufu.

“She does not deserve to be shut down,” Ezekwesili said.

 

  See more tweets with reactions to the restrictions below…

 

Twitter, however, in a mail sent to Yesufu explained that it restricted the account after its automated systems flagged a series of tweets from Yesufu’s account as spam.

“We apologise for the mixup, and hope to see back on Twitter,” the social media giant wrote to Yesufu.

Yesufu, a vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, had been posting a series of tweets criticising the government.

“That I voted for the President in 2015 is not a reason I should not criticise the President,” she wrote. “It shouldn’t not be about personal inclination! It’s about justice!”

A photograph of Arabic scripts was attached to each of the tweets.

“I will continue to be a voice,” Yesufu tweeted after her account was unlocked. “My voice is not for myself alone but for so many others who unfortunately did not get that education that so many of us take for granted to have a voice,” she tweeted.

See Aisha’s tweet announcing that Twitter have removed the restriction…

 

Chibok Girls’ Return Gave Me A Huge Sense Of Satisfaction – Aisha Yesufu

Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) Co-convener, Aisha Yesufu has expressed delight over the release of the 82 of the Chibok Girls.

She stated that the return of the girls has given her a huge sense of satisfaction which she can ever ask for, hoping that the 113 families will experience undiluted joy.

The BBOG Co-Convener stated this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television.

According to her, “Right now we have a total of 106 girls that have been brought back home and we still have 113 yet to return, it’s been two years of advocacy of the abduction of Chibok Girls, today, right now after the third year we have 106, this for me is huge and we are expecting that the rest will be back in no time.

“Just imagine 82 families are going to experience the undiluted joy that gives all the satisfaction I can ever ask for and we want the same for 113 more families to get that.”

Speaking further on the news of the return of the 82 Chibok girls, in her words, she said, “It just broke over the social media, we just saw it just reported, we were like wondering and of course at first, of all that apprehension and fear let this not turn around to be a false news, especially raising the hopes of the   parents and suddenly dashing it, we have had such experiences before.”

She, however, lamented that they are doing their best to bring back the rest of the abducted girls, adding that the Military has been able to degrade the terrorist.

 

BBOG Rallies Support For Nigerian Military Personnel

ezekwesiliThe Bring Back Our Girls campaigners are asking the government and Nigerians to improve the welfare of the Nigerian military.

The group made the demand on Sunday when they gathered in Abuja at a special sit out to honour departed Lieutenant Colonel Abul Ali and other fallen heroes.

It maintained that only a well-motivated force could subdue the Boko Haram terrorists that have pushed for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the north-eastern region for over six years.

While praising the courage of the late army Colonel, they also called on Nigerians to show love to the families of military personnel, as a mark of appreciation for their supreme sacrifices.

A leader of the group, Oby Ezekwesili, further charged the military authorities to step up intelligence gathering in the fight against insurgency as well as be accountable to the Nigerian people.

“Just looking at the duty allowances and bonus that they get, the way that they’re honoured and the prestige with which they are treated as those who are executing that war at the battle front, more support would make a big difference.

“In many ways, the psyche of our military needs to be so overhauled towards a sense that the society and the government are with them and that they are not left to their own fate. I think that it is important that we, not just we as BBOG, but all of us in the country, have to put a voice out there. We must demand accountability from our military.

“The military establishment must be subject to the demand of accountability and we never cease doing that. That is one thing.

“The other thing is the soldiers at the frontline of battle deserves our support. They deserve our encouragement and gratitude. All other countries around the world have these seasons when they specially show appreciation to their soldiers. We cannot make it a one off event. It has to be something that is constant and we hope that spirit will see an expression in the motivation of our soldiers to even do more,” she told the gathering.

Another member of the group, Aisha Yesufu, also stressed the need for Nigerians to show soldiers in the frontline that they are with them and would continue to protect them and look after their families.

“We are calling on, not only the Nigerian government, but individuals for us to adopt families of soldiers that are at the front.

“That is the thing that we are talking about today,” she added.

Lieutenant Colonel Ali was killed in gun battle with members of the Boko Haram sect few days ago alongside some other soldiers.

Chibok Girls: Presidency Labels Release ‘A Show Of Faith’

Chibok Girls, Boko Haram, PresidencyNigeria’s Presidency has described the release of 21 out of the over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists as ‘a show of faith’ on the part of the insurgents.

Mr Femi Adesina, who is a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, clears the air on the release which had triggered rumours that it was a swap deal between the Nigerian government and the terrorist group.

He told Channels Television on Friday that the development was a confidence building step that would lead to bigger things.

“I have heard and read so much about what we gave and what we didn’t give.

“This is just a confidence building step that will lead to bigger things.

“In the past, there have been many of such meetings that would have led to releases but along the line, discussions broke down.

“Maybe they (the terrorists) trust the (new) process and they believe that they do this as a show of their trust and faith and believe.

“For now, what we have been told is that there was no swap and the girls were released just as a show of faith, a confidence building measure and I think it is good enough for us to believe,” he said.

“Many More Releases”

Mr Adesina asserted that there would be more releases, describing the freedom of the 21 girls as a giant leap for humanity.

“As we have been told, this is just one step which I will also call a giant leap for humanity.

“You can be sure that there will be many more releases and as many of the girls that are alive would definitely return to their parents,” he said.

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Some of the rescued Chibok girls

End Of Insurgency

The President’s spokesman says the government is winning the war against the dreaded insurgents, stressing that they have been largely degraded.

“They used to attack army formations, police formations, schools (and) different types of target but they don’t do that anymore because their capacity to do that has been largely degraded.

“I think a lot of progress has been made (and) we can simply say we are at the end of this insurgency and this is just the mopping up process,” said Adesina on Sunrise Daily.

At least 200 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists from their hostels at the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014.

In the heat of the over six-year insurgency, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria became a strong hold of the dreaded insurgents.

Since the abduction of the girls, pressure has been mounted on the Federal Government to rescue them, including demands for a swap with members of Boko Haram in detention.

After much push for the girls’ release, 21 of them were freed on Thursday.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, confirmed the release of the 21 girls.

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Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, confirmed the release of 21 Chibok girls

He stated categorically that the release was not a swap, but was achieved through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned International Humanitarian Organisation.

In their reaction, the #BringBackBackOurGirls Campaign Group welcomed news of the release of the Chibok girls while praising the military for the efforts so far.

The group said in a statement that the “wonderful development” confirmed what was known about the effort of the government to rescue the Chibok girls.

They added that while they await further details, they salute the work of Nigeria’s security services at the front lines and the tireless efforts of members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the Civilian JTF.

Chibok Girls’ Release Not A Swap Deal – FG

Boko Haram, Swap Deal, Chibok GirlsThe Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has confirmed the release of 21 girls out of the over 200 school girls abducted from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in April 2014.

The Minister, at a press conference in Abuja stated that the Federal Government secured the release of girls through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned international humanitarian organisation.

The Minister also debunked the reports that four Boko Haram members were released in exchange for the girls’ release.

He said that the release secured by the government was based on confidence and not a swap arrangement with the terrorists group.

“This is not a swap. This was a release which was effected because over time, we succeeded in confidence building.

“This particular release is significant because it’s just a first step in what we believe will lead to the eventual release of all our girls in custody. It is significant also because we have been able to establish more than ever before a confidence in both the leadership of Boko Haram and Nigerians.

“I am not aware of any monetary transaction,” he said.

The names of the girls has been release by the Office of the Vice President, after his visit to the girls at the SSS hospital in Abuja.

Carrot and Stick

The Minister also clarified if the military action against the Boko Haram would seize owing to the release of the girls.

“When you are fighting insurgency, it’s a combination of carrot and stick.‎ The release of these girls does not mean the end to military operations. But it could mean a new phase in the conduct of the war against terror,” he said.

Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, confirmed the release of the 21 Chibok girls.

He said that the release of the girls, in a limited number, was the outcome of negotiations between the Nigerian government and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

The Federal Government had since the abduction of the over 200 school girls in 2014 tried several options to secure their release, including the use of military force and negotiations with the Boko Haram group.

President Buhari had in August agreed to the idea of swapping Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls.

However, that was on the condition that the group should be able to list those they wanted released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

 

#BBOG Group Praises Military Over Release Of 21 Chibok Girls

BBOG, Military, Ezekwesili, #BBOG, Oby Ezekwesili, Chibok GirlsThe #BringBackBackOurGirls Campaign Group has welcomed news of the release of the Chibok girls while praising the military for the efforts so far.

In a statement jointly signed by co-conveners of the movement, Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, the group said that the “wonderful development” confirms what it has always known about the activity of the government to rescue the Chibok girls.

The group said that while it awaits further details, it salutes the work of the nation’s security services at the front lines: its commitment, resilience and tireless efforts of the members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the Civilian JTF.

The group also thanked the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swiss government and all negotiators involved in securing the release.

It, however, urged the international community to continue to support the government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so that parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world at large can finally put an end to the nightmare once and for all.

The Spokesman for the President on Thursday, confirmed that 21 out of the Chibok girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants, have been released.

 

Suspended Immigration Recruits Kick Against Re-screening

Immigration RecruitsImmigration recruits in Nigeria protesting against their suspension have kicked against an invitation for a re-screening.

They have resolved to continue their protest in the Federal Capital Territory.

They insist that they are bonafide staff of the Nigeria Immigration Service, having gone through what they describe as the most intensive recruitment exercise ever in the history of the service.

The Immigration Service said there were irregularities in their recruitment process that led to their suspension.

But the protesters also claimed that there was nothing irregular about their appointments.

Some suspended recruits of the Immigration Service had on Friday, staged a protest march at the presidency to complain about what they claimed was an attempt to rob them of their jobs.

They are asking the authorities of the agency to reinstate them in the spirit of justice.

Representatives of the 2,000 recruits suspended by the Nigeria Immigration Service had said that their patience was running out.

Suspended Immigration Recruits Take Protest To Aso Rock

Immigration recruits in NigeriaSome suspended recruits of the Nigeria Immigration Service on Friday staged a protest march at the presidency to complain about what they said was an attempt to rob them of their jobs.

They are asking the immigration service to reinstate them in the spirit of justice.

At the Aso Rock, the protesters, however, could not go beyond a barricade mounted by the Nigeria Police Force.

Representatives of the 2,000 recruits suspended by the Nigeria Immigration Service said that their patience was running out.

They alleged that the immigration authorities had since replaced their names with those of the children of the high and mighty in the society.

The spokesperson for the group, Aisha Yesufu, outlined their demands.

She said they had received three months training including handling of weapons and would rather serve their country than take to crime.

Authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Services said they suspended the employment of the recruits on grounds of irregularity.

To prevent the protesters from going into the Presidential Villa, the Nigerian Police came out in full force. The message was clear – cut short the protesters’ journey.

Officials of the police force said they had to barricade the entrance in the interest of law and order.

Chibok Girls: Govt. Is Lacking Credible Intelligence – BBOG Campaigner

chibok girlsThe Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Campaigner, Aisha Yesufu has said that the government is missing out on credible intelligence in the rescue of over 200 Chibok girls that were abducted by Boko Haram.

She stated that the girls have been missing for 731 days and today marks the 2nd anniversary since their abduction.

The BBOG Campaigner disclosed that the federal government has not done much in finding the location of the Chibok girls and bringing them back.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast progaremme, Sunrise Daily, the BBOG Campaigner stated that “it is the duty of the Nigerian Government to rescue the Chibok Girls, irrespective of who is president”.

She further stated that the government will not be doing the Chibok Girls is “a favour”, insisting that “it is their privileged as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the government needs to do all it can to ensure the Chibok Girls are brought back home”.

She also expressed her displeasure at the Minister of Information’s comment concerning the Chibok girls proof of life video.

On April 14, 2014 the girls numbering 276 were kidnapped at night by Boko Haram sect, from the Chibok Government Secondary School, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners Call For Redoubled Effort

Chibok-girls-BringBackOurGirlsIn their Monday sit-out, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners calling for the rescue of the over 200 girls abducted from their school dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, urged security officials to redouble their efforts in their search and rescue operations.

Members of the group, who expressed worries over the spate of bombings in the city of  Kano, with the involvement of teenage girls used as agents of destruction, queried the claims made by the military that they had identified the locations of the girls.

They stressed that “knowing where the girls are is not enough”, insiting that all they want is action in reuniting the girls with their families

One of the campaigners, Bukky Shonibare, said the group chose to celebrate the Eid- Fitri holidays in in the usual venue for the sit-out, the Unity Fountain.

She said the campaigners left their houses, to gather at the venue to continue their sit-out sessions which is focused on demanding results from the rescue operations.

Shonibare further stressed that it is a ‘no retreat, no surrender, for them, further raising concerns over the use of teenage girls in recent bombings.

Another member of the group, Mr Emman Shehu, said while government and security forces were working tirelessly to ensure the safe return of the girls, Nigerians should constantly remind government to match its words with action.

Also,  Aisha Yesufu, a member of the group, said  time is ticking fast as its over 105 days since 275 girls were kidnapped in their school in Chibok, Borno State.

She stressed that what many Nigerians were eager to see in the days ahead was the safe return of the girls.