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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bring Back Our Girls group plans 2nd commemoration in Lagos

The Lagos branch of the Bring Back Our Girls group has outlined plans to host a weeklong second commemoration of the abduction in the centre of excellence, wondering how much longer they have to wait, reports ITRealms.
A press statement made available to ITRealms and endorsed 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, said they recall with dismay, the April 14, 2014 abduction of the 276 female students of Government Secondary   School, Chibok in Borno State by Boko Haram.
According to hm, about 57 of them managed to escape on their own while 219 remain in captivity with Boko Haram close to 2 years later.
Outraged about the lack of government response, Nigerian citizens mobilized and took to the streets to demand the immediate rescue of the girls,” part of the press statement read.
In the initial weeks following the abductions, they said, 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.
“On Thursday, April 14, 2016, will mark exactly 2 years of their unfortunate sojourn in captivity! How much longer must we wait before they are rescued?,” they group said.
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 & National Security Adviser; various UN agencies; Ambassadors of our neighbouring countries and met twice with President Muhammadu Buhari on this matter. Sincerely, we had expected more and will continue to demand more from government than the rhetorics of lack of intelligence and other excuses.

#ChibokGirls: #731DaysGone. #NeverToBeForgotten #HopeEndures

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