NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
#BBOG will not stop advocacy till Chibok girls are rescued —Okoroafor

By News Express on 03/03/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,519


Mr Jeff Okoroafor, a strategic team member of the Abuja-based #BringBackOurGirls Movement and founder, OpinionNigeria. In this interview with MAYOWA OKEKALE, he bares his mind on the group’s hope that the government can still rescue the Chibok girls, despite lost hope by Nigerians.

After several months of unfulfilled expectation, it is believed in some quarters that the recovery of the Chibok girls is not realistic any longer. Even former President Olusegun Obasanjo, confirmed the claim recently. What is your take?

It is unclear the basis for which anyone doubting the possibility of the Chibok girls recovery is doing so. Those who hold this sort of belief, I am very certain, cannot say same if their own daughters were to be among the captives. Personally, there's only one person whose opinion really matter in this circumstance: that one person is President Muhammadu Buhari. He has recently reiterated his stand on doing everything necessary to rescue the Chibok girls alive. This is where I stand.

The #BringBackOurGirls group has been at the fore front of rescuing these girls, but little has been achieved to get it done. What is the way out?

There is no doubt about this and it is very true. The Bring-Back-Our-Girls movement has been in the forefront since April 30, 2014: 16 days after the girls were abducted by Boko Haram. And following the pledge made by the group, they will not stop advocating their rescue, unless and until they are back and alive.

The way out is that we will continue to engage the government, continue to keep the issue of the girls in the front-burner, calling on international community not to forget, but to also help amplify our voices. For the Nigerian military, intelligence gathering is key to winning the war and rescuing our girls. They should help us work on this aspect too.

Even, the tempo of Bring-Back-Our-Girls' advocacy has been reduced drastically by Nigerians, having become fed-up and lost hope. What is your perception of this?

It is normal that when a cause drags on for a very long time with no results in sight, some advocates of such cause gets tired. As much as the above may seem true, we've not and will not lose the one thing that has kept us going for this past two years – hope. Yes, our number may not be as it used to be, but we still have people come join us even after 600 days of unrelenting advocacy. We still receive overwhelming support from Nigerians, even if they don't come out daily to advocate. BBOG will only shut down its advocacy if the Chibok Girls are rescued.

If, unfortunately, the efforts to 'Bring-Back-Our-Girls' go futile, what would become of your movement, despite the clamour for over a year?

First, we are confident, given our new engagement strategies, that our efforts will not go 'futile'. The Bring-Back-Our-Girls movement have become an entry point into many other troubling issues in the country, giving a strong voice of responsibility to Nigerians. Bring-Back-Our-Girls will endure and be sustained.

•Photo shows Jeff Okoroafor.

Source News Express

Posted 03/03/2016 12:58:25 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Dickson throws weight behind state police

JTF kills suspected pirate, intensifies hunt for kidnappers...

OPEC’s oil price nightmare is coming true

China to scrap import tariffs on cancer drugs,...

Be ready for live action with troops, COAS...

Bayelsa to develop cultural calendar for monthly shows,...

Onitsha Explosion: Police lied; it was a bomb,...

2019: Save Enugu Group warns against imposition of...

Keke thief sings in police net

Countdown to US presidential election: Clinton, Trump clash...

Ethiopian Airlines begins Kaduna operation

Gallant BJ knocked out by Lobi in Federations...

 

Latest News HURIWA to FG: Dissolve Presidential panel on public property 2019: Obasanjo, Afenifere moves to unseat Buhari Okonjo-Iweala warns against adoption of China-style economic model Oil and Gas association to build training institute in Bayelsa Technology: NCC reiterates commitment to funding research works Obi laments Nigeria’s poor spending on education Nigerian jumps to death in Johannesburg to evade arrest In remembrance of Ogoni 4, MOSOP calls for commitment to ideals of founding fathers Security operatives abandon guns as Deputy speaker Lasun throws money on streets Fear still grips Dapchi girls' school International friendly match: Police deploy 424 personnel for security Russia 2018 World Cup: Players land Ibom camp for training

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (345,227 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (341,889 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (273,334 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (224,709 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,162 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (202,724 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (176,893 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,200 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,166 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (143,388 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (139,985 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,376 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (41) Business & Economy (3,145) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (853) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (497) Features (597) Global Business Monitor (273) International (1,968) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,491) Opinion (957) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,037) Religion (743) Sports (1,516) Stock Watch (29) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement