Chris Steven, Abuja
The Bring Back our Girls, BBOG, campaigning for the release of abducted Chibok Secondary School girls has once again urged the federal government to intensify its efforts at rescuing the remaining school girls who had remained in the captivity of Boko Haram almost three years after they were kidnapped.
The movement made the call in an open letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja.
In the letter, the group recalled it had written to the government after two of its leaders, former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu returned from a guided tour of the Sambisa forest in January this year, highlighting what ought to be done to rescue the remaining girls.
The BBOG however expressed disappointment in the lukewarm attitude of government since it wrote the letter “over two months ago, lamenting that it has not received a reply from the Federal Government.”
“We consider it grossly objectionable that the Federal Government chose to be unresponsive to a letter that was addressed and delivered to the Minister of Information as well as copied and sent to the Vice President, the Chief of Staff of the President and the Minister of Defence,” the letter read.
“It is for that reason that we have decided to adopt an open medium to communicate the content of that letter to the Federal Government.
“We hereby publish the letter in order to convey a strong message to the Federal Government that it cannot scuttle public scrutiny and demand for accountability on the status of the remaining 195 Chibok Girls.
“Our movement believes in the constitutional duty of government to be accountable and to provide answers to citizens on issues that affect them.”
The BBOG group called on “the rest of the Nigerian people and others around the world who have stood in empathy for the cause of our Chibok Girls to join our movement in prevailing on the Federal Government to act on our Demand.”
It maintained that the federal government owes the remaining 195 Chibok Girls, the Justice of immediate rescue. “Let that be done before April 14, 2017. Three years is indefensible time for our young women to be left in terrorist captivity,” the letter added.
The rather unfortunate third anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls from their school dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, will be marked on April 14.
Chris Steven, Abuja