BBOG to mark 2 years of Chibok abduction

BBOG to mark 2 years of Chibok abduction
April 12 22:52 2016

The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) Group has announced plans to mark 2 years  of the disapperance of the Chibok school girls.

The group has therefore commenced a week of global actions. The week with the theme: ‘#HopeEndures’, which began on April 8, 2016, will end on April 14, 2016, which was the exact day the girls were abducted from Government
Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The group in a statement on Tuesday lamented that it would soon be exactly two years since the girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents. The group also said the week was to mark the “unfortunate incidence and to refocus the world’s attention to the fact that 276 schoolgirls were abducted in their school, 57 escaped, 219 remain missing till date, with 17 of their parents losing their lives as a result of the trauma.

“We urge persons wherever they may be to carry out activities to commemorate this event. There are activities already lined up in many cities of the world, we encourage everyone to participate and/or organise one, however simple.”

The week, which began on April 8, started with special prayers at Jumat service and ASR prayers at Unity Fountain, also had talks by Islamic scholars. On April 9, the group had a virtual meeting with an online engagement that was more of a ‘tweet meet’ and the next day, April 10, was the Christian prayers and talks. On Monday, April 11, the group hosted a workshop on ‘endangered education’ at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

While the keynote Speaker was Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, the
opening address was read by BBOG Co-convener, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

The workshop, which focused on the Nigerian girl-child, was a parley for high level discussion on issues affecting the
Nigerian girl-child. It also afforded them the opportunity to remember and honour students and teachers killed by Boko Haram insurgents and launching of the ‘Initiative for Day of the Nigerian child’.

On Tuesday,  the group visited the United Nations and six embassies including the United States of America, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Israel. On Wednesday, April 13, the group will have a walkathon, red ribbon day and evening of arts, which is basically event to member the Chibok girls led by the Chibok Girls Ambassadors.

After the walk to the presidency at Presidential Villa, the group will have a world press conference, where they will
highlight their struggles and the next line of action.