The Bring Back Our Girls Group, BBOG, has reiterated its commitment to remain consistent, to ensure the rescue, safe return, reunion and reintegration of the abducted School girls with their families and community.
The convener of the group, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, recalled the highly assuring statement in the inauguration speech of President, Muhammadu Buhari, “that Nigeria cannot claim to have defeated boko haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage”.
She said it was against this background that the group has not given up its demand for the rescue, convinced that a sustained and results-based operation could quickly yield the long expected result.
About two-hundred and seventy-six schoolgirls of Government Secondary School Chibok Borno state North-east Nigeria, were abducted in their school on the night of 14th April 2014 out of which fifty-seven of them managed to escape at various times, but two-hundred and nineteen of them are still missing.
The BBOG members carrying banners with red coloured dresses marched from unity fountain in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, to the presidential villa, to mark two years since the Chibok School girls were abducted by the boko haram terrorist group, in Chibok, Borno State.
In a world press conference at the presidential villa in Abuja the chairperson, strategic team of the BBOG, Mrs Aisha Yusuf, said the group is advocating for urgent actions by Nigerian government and its local and international partners to address the monumental humanitarian crisis in the North-east region of Nigeria and begin to restore order and peace in destroyed communities.
“We are however hopeful in the glimmer of light we see through evidence of a better equipped and motivated Nigeria military which has in the last one year recorded commendable feats in the counter-terrorism war. We applaud the gallant soldiers along with who daily risk their lives for our safety”. Aisha said.
For his part, Chairman, Chibok Community in Abuja, Mr Hosea Sambido said the pains and trauma experienced by the Chibok Community and other Nigerians for the past two years was unimaginable while urging the Nigerian government to rebuild the government secondary school Chibok.
Also expressing their experiences, a mother to one of the abducted girls, Mrs Esther Yakubu and an uncle to two of the abducted girls, Mr Mutah Nkeki, called on the Nigerian government to come to their aid not only to rescue their children but also alleviate the sufferings of the Chibok community.
However, as the Bring Back Our Girls group advanced to the Presidential villa for the world press conference, about 23 female police officers barricaded the entrance of the Villa hence leaving the group to hold the conference outside the gate of the villa.