To sustain the tempo of the agitation for the rescue of the remaining 219 Chibok school girls still in captivity of the Boko Haram sect six months after, as the United Nations marks the International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October, the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement and the families of the abducted girls are calling for a week of Global Week of Action from 11th to 18th October 2014, to mobilize everyone around the world to demand for the immediate rescue of our Chibok girls and end this humanitarian tragedy.
The group made this call in a statement signed by the co-convener, former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, and three others, Maryam Uwais, Hadiza Bala Usman and Saudatu Mahdi. Other signatories were five parents of the Chibok girls, including Reverend Enoch Mark, parent of two girls in captivity as well as Pindar Dibla, Ishaya Abana, Emmanuel Mutah and Ishaya Benawi, all parents of some of the abducted girls.
The statement reads in part, “October 14, 2014 makes it exactly six months since 276 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect from their school, Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.
“The Boko Haram Sect leader claimed responsibility for the mass kidnappings in a video where he informed the world that he plans to sell the girls into slavery. Till date, not one girl has been rescued, save for 57 girls who escaped on their own, while 219 girls still remain in captivity.
It is undeniably apt that this year’s theme for United Nations International Day of the Girl Child: Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending The Circle of Violence, coincides with this period when we all are still agitating for the immediate release of our innocent Chibok girls who are victims of the violence being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria.
Let’s all take action and say together #BringBackOurGirls Now and Alive!!!