Marking the second anniversary after the abduction of over 200 school girls from Government Secondary School in Chibok town, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents, the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), today marched to the Aso Villa, lending a voice to the clamour for their release.
The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) is a leading group pushing the Nigerian government to rescue the Chibok school girls kidnapped on April 14th, 2014. From the BBOG, civil society and religious groups, eminent Nigerians, including some embattled parents of the abducted girl, the message was the same: ‘Free the Chibok girls,’ Bring Back Our Girls.’
The Co-convener of the group Aisha Yesufu, before the march had addressed newsmen at the Unity Fountain, Abuja. She said: “It’s unbelievable that two years on, we are still talking about Chibok girls in captivity. We are not talking about Chibok girls’ rehabilitation and how far they have come after their captivity. It’s so sad”.
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She also added that, “It’s a sad, heartbreaking and painful day, especially talking about the video that has been released by CNN and seeing a parent crying so wretchedly, so painfully”.
Yesufu said, “Today, apart from being a painful day, is a day we renew our hope. As far as the girls are in captivity, Nigeria is in captive”.
Led by Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and leader of the BBOG, the group displayed placards and banners which read “Hope endures, “Bring back our girls now and alive”. They lamented the nonchalant and ‘I don’t care’ attitude to rescue the abductees and as well, the government’s seeming inability to do anything about it.