To mark the fifth anniversary of the kidnap of schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno State, the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) advocacy group did something symbolic.
- It arranged 112 empty desks with name tags for each of the 112 Chibok girls who are still in captivity, and Leah Sharibu, who was kidnapped from Dapchi early in 2018 and is also in captivity.
- The former convener of the movement and ex-presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, shared an image from the Unity Fountain along with a message saying “No serious country and government can simply move on without closure on a tragedy of this scale.”
The shame of a nation: The group released a statement titled “The Shame of a Nation” in which it condemned the failure of the federal government to reunite the kidnapped schoolgirls with their families.
- “Today, five years after, President Muhammadu Buhari administration has persisted in denying #Chibokgirls and their parents the speedy action of rescue promised. Even worse, it has denied them the simple and basic respect of providing updates on the status of the federal government effort, if any at all to rescue them.”
- The group said it is “condemnable” that Buhari who had made the abduction a key part of his 2015 presidential campaign no longer remembers the remaining 112 girls who are still being held in captivity.
Backstory: Out of 276 schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram insurgents, 57 girls escaped shortly after their abduction, and the federal government was able to rescue 107 girls. The delay in rescuing the remaining 112 missing schoolgirls has become a point of concern to affected families, BBOG campaigners, and the Chibok community.
Go Deeper: The FG released its own statement to mark the anniversary of the abduction.