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Chibok Girls: Lagos BBOG set for rally, vigil; demands government action

By News Express on 13/04/2017

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•Some of the abducted Chibok Girls.
•Some of the abducted Chibok Girls.

The Lagos wing of the Bring Back Our Girls Group (BBOG) in consonance with the Global week of action has renewed its call for the rescue of the abducted Chibok Schoolgirls, event as the third anniversary approaches.

 

The group has also planned two major events for the period. The first of the events would be a peaceful rally in the state. Members will converge at Shoprite Ikeja by 9am, today, Thursday April 13, 2017, from where they will march to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s office in Alausa. There will also be a special prayer session and interfaith vigil on Friday, April 14 at Falomo Roundabout, Ikoyi by 4.30pm. 

“Organizing the vigil and special prayer sessions is our own way of showing the affected families that they are not alone, that we share their pain, and that we will continue to stand by them until our girls return. We are also using this opportunity to cry out once again to our authorities,” the group said in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos by Lagos signed by Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Mrs. Aisha Oyebode, Ms. Ayo Obe, Mrs. Habiba Balogun, Ms. Yemi Adamolekun, Mrs. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Mrs. Ngozi Iwere, Mr. Olalere Babasola, Mrs. Adwoa Edun.

The group emphasised that “Fighting for the Chibok girls is fighting for the soul of Nigeria.”

It recalled that “On April 14, 2014, 276 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State were abducted by Boko Haram. 57 of them managed to escape on their own, 21 rescued, one found while 195 have remain in captivity with Boko Haram for close to three years.

“Outraged about the lack of government response, Nigerian citizens mobilised and took to the streets to demand the immediate rescue of the girls. In the initial weeks following the abductions, there were protests in Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Abuja, Enugu, Ekiti supported by friends and supporters around the world – London, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Paris, Germany and Nairobi to name a few.

“This Thursday, April 14, 2017, will mark exactly three years of their unfortunate sojourn in captivity! How much longer must we wait before they are all rescued?

“As concerned stakeholders and citizens of this country, the Bring-Back-Our-Girls (BBOG)

Advocacy Group has highlighted the plight of these innocent girls even at a global level and

engaged the government and other agencies in a constructive manner to secure the rescue of the girls. Our advocacy methodology include a daily sit-out in Abuja, weekly sit-outs in Lagos, Oshogbo, and Ibadan; visits to relevant stakeholders and development of tools like the Citizens’ Solutions to End Terrorism and the Verification, Authentication and Reunification System (VARS).

“The BBOG family in Nigeria has engaged on a continuous basis, various stakeholders including State Governors; the previous Chief of Defense Staff and National Security Adviser; various UN agencies; Ambassadors of our neighbouring countries and met twice with President Muhammadu Buhari on this matter.

“We are aware that the Chibok girls are not the only victims of the insurgency in the North-East.

Nigerians were kidnapped before them and more have been kidnapped after them. However,

for the Chibok girls, we know their names, we have their pictures and we have met their parents.

We will continue to use them as symbol for the ongoing crisis because we believe that whatever machinery is deployed to rescue them will help other Nigerians. As President Buhari noted in his inaugural address to the Nigerian people, ‘we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.’”

Source News Express

Posted 13/04/2017 12:26:32 AM

 

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