The #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has expressed its confidence in the ability of the Nigerian military to annihilate the Boko Haram terrorist group and rescue the Chibok Girls in time for Christmas.
In a statement signed by the group’s leaders, led by Oby Ezekwesili, the group stated that “we consider the December deadline for decimating Boko Haram as a strong indicator of seriousness to tackle terrorism and bring back our girls considering that the president in his inaugural speech had indicated that ‘we cannot say we have succeeded against terrorists until we bring back our girls’.”
The group also called on world leaders to collectively unite against any group that aimed at marginalising women and limiting their access to qualitative education.
Part of the statement, which was also released to commemorate the Day 500 of the Chibok girls’ abduction, also urged the leaders to not only discuss the endorsement of new sustainable development goals but to also speak out against the discrimination against women as they converge in the United Nations (UN).
The group which expressed sadness that the abducted school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect, on April 14, 2014 were yet to be rescued, added that winning the fight against Boko Haram and rescuing the girls will be the proof that inclusive and equitable education is a right for all children irrespective of their status.
“We thank immensely BBOG family members and sympathisers all over the world who have mobilized, marched, organized protests and sit-outs as well as continually offered prayers for the return of the Chibok girls.
“As world leaders prepare to converge at the UN to endorse the new sustainable development goals, we call on world leaders to collectively unite against any group that disempowers women and excludes or limit their access to qualitative education. Winning the fight against Boko Haram and rescuing our Chibok girls will be proof that inclusive and equitable education is a right for all children irrespective of their location,” it said.
The statement added that with the renewed promises made by the president of country, Muhammadu Buhari, the government will work assiduously to ensure the rescue of not just the abducted Chibok girls but other persons who have been abducted by the sect.
“At the beginning of the President Buhari led administration, we wrote and got response to engage with the president. As it has become our usual fashion, we marched to the presidential villa and met with the president, vice president, service chiefs and senior government officials where we presented our ABC of demands and suggested platforms and mechanism for continuous engagement with the family of the abducted Chibok girls, the BBOG movement as well as the general public.
“We use the occasion of day 500 since the abduction to seek tangible information from government to provide re-assurance to the parents and families of the missing Chibok girls and every other abducted persons in Nigeria that the government is committed and working assiduously to ensure their rescue.”