It’s been 1000 days since over 200 school girls of the Chibok Secondary School in Borno state were abducted.
The abduction had spurned a global movement, named Bring Back Our Girls. Negotiations and escapes have seen some over 50 girls reunited with their families, but the body isn’t still happy with the progress so far.
A statement signed by the movement’s forerunners, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, read: “Very sadly, the Nigerian president’s senior special adviser on media and publicity, speaking on the president’s behalf on yesterday’s return of Rakiya Gali said: ‘The president notes that the recovery raises renewed hope that the other captured girls will one day be reunited with their families, friends and community.’
“Note that he said ‘…will one day’ be reunited with their families…’ Not ‘as soon as it’s humanly possible.’
“Is the strategy that each one would escape of their own accord and be recovered. For how long will the process take? This is excruciatingly pitiful.”
The statement added: “Our Movement is justifiably worried that the Nigerian government has once again relapsed to the same complacency, lethargy, and inertia that has been recurrent on this tragedy. What else explains the fact that despite all assurances that another 83 of our Chibok girls were under negotiation for release “soonest” there has been no further communication on the status of their release?”
“We are doubly disappointed that the Federal Government contradicted itself by the recent declaration and celebration of capture of Sambisa Forest as the end of the war. This action by is contrary to the pledge that the President and the Military made repeatedly on several occasions that they would not declare victory without the rescue of our Chibok girls and all other abducted victims of terrorist abduction.
“With no additional rescue of any of our Chibok girls since 13 October 2016, what conclusion should parents, the Chibok community, our Movement, the Nigerian public, and the world at large draw from the fact that our President and Military are celebrating “the capture of Sambisa ‘Camp Zero’”, the same stronghold in which it stated the girls were held and the 21 released were released from in October?”
To mark the 1000th day, protests will be held in New York City, Washington D.C., Paris, Lagos and Abuja.