Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1 year after: Give us our girls back, alive – BBOG

“When will we stop? Until our girls are back and alive!...” Those were the words of The #BringBackOurGirls group as they march out today in protest as part of its one Week Global Action events aimed at commemorating the one year the Chibok girls were abducted from their school in Borno State, reports ITRealms.

ITRealms learnt that the march took off at the Unity Fountain, as the group walked through the Federal Secretariat to the Police Headquarters and back to the Fountain while distributing its pamphlets, including its Citizens’ Solution to Terrorism, to the public.

According to one its members, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, who led the group, the protest was to remind the government and Nigerians that 219 Chibok girls were still in the hands of their captors even as the days are rounding up to a year when the incident occurred.

In a recent development, ITRealms gathered that a Nigerian woman have confirmed to BBC that more than fifty of the girls abducted by Boko Haram last year were seen alive three weeks ago. According to the woman, who lived under the terrorist groups rule in Gwoza, the girls were seen in Islamic attire, being escorted by the militants.

“They said they were Chibok girls kept in a big house,” said the woman. “We just happened to be on the same road with them,” she added.

Meanwhile ITRealms learnt that the president-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, has stated that he does not know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls and cannot guarantee that his government when sworn-in will be able to rescue them.

Speaking in commemoration of BBOG, he pledged that with absolute certainty, starting on the first day of his administration Boko Haram will know the strength of the collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror, and bring back peace and normalcy to all the affected areas.

“This new approach,” Buhari said, “must also begin with honesty. We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them.But I say to every parent, family member and friend of the children that my Government will do everything in its power to bring them home.”

ITRealms recalled that today, April 14 marked the first year since the 276 girls were kidnapped by the members of Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Borno state, whereas some of them have reportedly returned.

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