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    Monday, 31 August 2015

    Day BBOG Members March to Gov Ambode’s Office over 219 Abducted Chibok Girls


     

     
    By Emmanuel Udom

    Lagos

     Members of the Bringbackourgirls advocacy group on Thursday, August 27, 2015, marched to the office of the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in order to seek supports in ensuring that the 219 female students abducted at a secondary school in north-eastern part of Nigeria were rescued alive.

     Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Mrs Aisha Oyebode, Ms. Ayo Obe, Mrs Habib Balogun, Mrs Amina Oyagbola, Mrs. Ngozi Iwere, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Ms. Yemi Adamolekun and Mr. Babasola

    Olalere, were some of the notable personalities that participated in the march to the governor’s office.

    It could be  re-called that on April 14, 2014, the girls were abducted from Chibok Secondary School, Bornu State. But, 500 days after, 57 of them managed to escape, while 219 are still remaining in captivity with members of the Boko Haram sect.

     
    However, Women for Peace & Justice, told Ambode point-blank that
    in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, chapter 2, section 14 2(b), “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.

     Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Executive Director, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), speaking on behalf of Women for Peace & Justice, said that after the abduction, people and groups within and outside Nigeria carried out series of protests.

     According to her, people were mobilized and took to the streets in Lagos, Ibadan, Kano, Enugu and Ekiti, as well as in London, Washington DC, Atlanta, Paris, Germany and Nairobi, to demand for the immediate release of the girls.

     Her words: “As concerned 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-out 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 women group expressed its gratitude to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, who recently visited Nigeria and joined in the global out cry for the rescue of the girls.  

     However, according to the women group, some of the stakeholders so far engaged by the BBOG group are: Governor of Borno State; former Chief of Defense Staff, the National Security Adviser, various United Nations agencies, Ambassadors of neighbouring countries and recently, President Muhammadu Buhari.

     Akiyode-Afolabi, further re-called that 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”.

     She urged Ambode to support the group in its efforts to ensure that the chibok girls are rescued alive and re-united with their families.

    Responding, Ambode expressed his gratitude to the women group for being consistent in calling for the release of the abducted girls and assured that as promised by Buhari, the girls will be set free by their captives, soon.   

     

     

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