Chris Steven, Abuja
As the Federal Government and Nigerian Army continue to celebrate the capture of Sambisa ‘Camp Zero'”, the stronghold of Boko Haram terrorists group, the BringBackOurGirls( BBOG) on Tuesday faulted such celebration noting that there is no victory without the remaining abducted Chibok Secondary School girls rescued.
“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?” BBOG queried
Speaking at a special sit out held yesterday in Abuja to highlight programme to mark the 1000 days of abduction of the girls, a leader of BBOG, Aisha Yesufu lamented that the movement was disappointed that the the Federal Government contradicted itself by the recent declaration and celebration of capture of Sambisa Forest as the end of the war.
She said the Movement was 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.
Painfully, we are only a few days away from #Day1000 of their tragic abduction with no communication nor clarification nor status report on the negotiation the Federal Government previously stated was on-going for the release of the remaining 196 girls still with terrorists.” She said
According to her, the BBOG was again constrained to resume it marches to mark the #DAY1000 tragic milestone saying “our Movement expects that the President to regard the #Day1000 milestone as an over due time to bring this horrific saga to a final closure”.
“We shall therefore carry out a series of activities for a period of one week, using our 24-hourly marches to compel our Federal Government to accelerate the decision and actions necessary to bring back the rest of our Chibok girls to their grossly disappointed parents.”
Unlike our other Global Weeks of Action carried out over the last thirty months of our advocacy the #Day1000 version in Abuja shall be themed along various issues related to our #ChibokGirls. However, it shall principally be powered by a 24-hourly march to the entrance of the State House. What this means is that we shall relocate our daily sit-out venue from the Unity Fountain to the State House for the Global Week of Action starting from Sunday 8th of January to Saturday 14th January, 2017.
We shall gather to commence our marches on Sunday the 8th at 3pm at the Unity Fountain and proceed to our designated destination. With effect from Monday until Saturday being the 14 January, we shall daily gather at 9am at the Unity Fountain to proceed on our marches to the Villa Gate.” Yesufu added