Lagos – The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) will
on Saturday mark 600 days to the abduction of the more than 200
schoolgirls the Boko Haram sect kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State.
While hope is fading by the day the minors will be
rescued, BBOG has been organising gatherings to advocate for their release.
This weekend, commemorations and campaigns are scheduled
for Abuja, Lagos and Osogbo.
In July, the organisation marched to see President
Muhammadu Buhari, who pledged to act on our concerns and suggestions.
“Almost five months later, nothing has happened,” the
organisation raised concern.
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“Our Chibok girls will continue to represent other
Nigerians who are the victims of this insurgency. We will also continue to
demand of our government that Nigerian lives must matter!”
On the night of April 14–15, 2014 276 female students
were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok.
Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist
organization based in northeast Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the
In October that year, hopes were raised that the 219
remaining girls might soon be released after the Nigerian Army announced a
truce between Boko Haram and government forces.
The announcement coincided with the six-month anniversary
of the girls' capture and followed a month of negotiations.
Efforts to rescue the girls, despite the armed
forces freeing hundreds from Boko Haram captivity, have not yielded fruit.
- CAJ News