#BringBackOurGirls Movement fumes over Boko Haram defeat claim, to march on Presidential Villa

Women protest Chibok

The members of the #BringBackOurGirls movement will be marching to the State House, Abuja, on January 14 to re-engage with President Muhammadu Buhari, the group has said in a statement.

The families of the kidnapped Chibok girls, the Chibok community, and sympathisers of the girls who were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, in April 2014, are expected to be part of the march.

The group said it noted with “great dismay” that the issue of rescue of the kidnapped girls and other citizens in Boko Haram captivity did not feature in the president’s New Year address to the nation.

“The implication of such a deliberate omission is not lost on us,” the group said in a statement signed by its coordinators – Aisha‎ Yesufu, Oby Ezekwesili, and Hadiza Bala Usman.

“We shall meet at Unity Fountain as from 8.30 a.m. that day to proceed on the march. We have already despatched a letter to the president, duly acknowledged by State House officials.”

‎It would be exactly 21 months on January 14 since armed Boko Haram terrorists stormed the girls’ school hostel in Borno State, in the dead of the night, to abduct over 200 girls.

Despite repeated promises by the government that it would rescue the students, their whereabouts remained unknown.

During his maiden presidential chat last week, Mr. Buhari said he was yet to get a “credible intelligence” on the girls’ location.

The #BringBackOurGirls movement noted that the president, during his inaugural speech on May 29 last year, declared that his government would not claim to have defeated Boko Haram until the kidnapped girls and other hostages have been rescued.

In October last year, Mr. Buhari issued a December 31 deadline for the final routing of the terrorists, one month after he told the BBC that security agents could spot the girls’ location in Sambisa forest.

“It was utterly shocking when the president declared in a BBC interview on 24 December that the terrorists had been ‘technically defeated’ without referencing the rescue of our Chibok girls whom he had set as the benchmark for measuring such success. ‎‎

“We are extremely disappointed that seven months after his strong promise at inauguration and six months after his pledge to the parents, Chibok community and our Movement that he would rescue the 219 daughters of Nigeria, his statement was lacking in urgency and assurance of strategy for result.

“Further, that the President gave the impression of a reactive approach of ‘waiting for credible Boko Haram leadership’ to tell us whether our girls are alive or not, falls disappointingly short of the proactive feedback we expected.

“Our Movement therefore refuses to accept that lack of ‘credible intelligence on our girls’ whereabouts” as a tenable reason for the evident lack of progress in rescuing our ChibokGirls.”

The group urged the federal government to make public the General Sabo fact-finding committee report on the abduction of the Chibok girls.

“‎The federal government should investigate all statements preciously made by state actors and/or high-ranking military officers that ‘we know where the Chibok girls are’, with the view to getting at the bottom of the matter on our girls’ whereabouts.

“The federal government should immediately set up a search and rescue team to find our Chibok girls.

“KADA (the Chibok community) strongly demands that President Muhammadu Buhari gives the rescue of our abducted Chibok girls the priority attention it deserves; as Boko Haram cannot be said to have been defeated – technically or otherwise – without the safe return of our abducted daughters.‎”

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  • Dele I

    Defeating an insurgency like the Boko Haram (BH) requires a counterinsurgency plan. WJ Bailey of the SRI – Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia posits that: “A counterinsurgency plan encompasses a combination of military, political and social actions under the strong control of a single central authority.”. Therefore, the weakening or the strategic paralysis of BH militarily as attained by the Nigeria Armed Forces does not imply an end to this insurgency but a prerequisite. There remains the political and social counter efforts to be fulfilled to completely neutral the BH. The Nigerian military has substantially attained their neutralization objectives in the counterinsurgency campaign. For instance, BH is now adopting guerrilla warfare tactics (suicide bombings) as it has lost her conventional warfare capability! The Federal Government’s plan is effective and worthwhile.

    • Höly Wähala

      How does your comment resonate with the call for finding and releasing our abducted Chibok Girls? Buhari was running his mouth that his Govt. cannot claim victory over the BH without the release of all abducted persons, now telling us he doesn’t have any information about them is an insult to sane Nigerians. He set the benchmark and the #BBOG are simply holding him to it… the Fed. Govt. has no effective plan since the terrorists can still mount coordinated attacks in conveys targeting even the MNTF in their Maiduguri HQ. Go siddon joor with this silly eye-service comment of yours, we want our girls back and that’s it. Shikena!

      • DOD

        I am impressed as you not as partisan as I first thought!

      • hope

        My brother, I dn,t want to believe that the issue of chibok girl is a scam, I heard the principal of the school was given an appointment by the brono govt, if true could be a reward, I also heard one the arrow head of bbgc was also given an appointment by kaduna govt. Come to think of it where are the parents, relatives of this girl. When the president said he will rescue this girls how did he hope to do it bf now waiting for the real bokoharam leaders who will now come out to say look at us we are the real boko leaders, wonders they say will never ends but I think Nigeria is beyond wonders

    • Oh!

      “BH is now adopting guerrilla warfare tactics”

      What was BH using before?……….. Orangutan tactics?
      How can BH loose something it never had (Conventional warfare capability)??

      While we concur with some of the things you said, yo do not get any cake because of your understanding (or the lack thereof) of warfare tactics.
      Go research conventional warfare and guerrilla tactics before you start speaking about things that are way above your head.

  • Damilola

    Igbayi l’aro… and who exactly are the ones fooling? The govt or the people that have caught em off guard? Devil is a liar

  • Jacky

    Believe me, if Nigerians can put pressure on shettima, the governor of borno state, the girls, at least those that are still alive will be released. Shettima knows everything about the whereabout of the chibok girls. Kanuri has no respect to a Fulani, but like he looked at Jonathan as infidel and had no respect for him. We missed Abacha!!!

    • Ituri

      You are totally right on the money. The issue of the Chibok girls, and even Shekau himself, will turn out to be like that of Pakistan government and Osama Bin Laden. Remember that U.S. Navy Seals found Osama housed comfortably in a mansion right beside a Pakistani military base. Likewise, the Chibok girls and Shekau will end up being revealed in locations right close to governor’s mansion in Maiduguri. That is why since the moment the current Bornu State governor assumed office, Shekau has not appeared in any video shot in Sambasi game reserve. The first public statement that the governor made upon assuming office was that Boko Haram members should be granted amnesty. They used the girls and the blood of thousands of their own people as political pawns in securing the government for the north. That’s all. The northern leaders are just waiting for the right time to release the girls to the world, as the culmination of their fight against BH. But the Holy book says this: “God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”.

  • Ebubedike

    Can demons stage a march against Satan, their master and lord? next story.

  • Oh!

    Boko Haram is an idea ….. a very very asinine one, but an idea regardless. Hence it can not be defeated by any means currently known to man. As an idea, anyone can have it at anytime in anyplace for any reason.

    This thing has been going on since way back before time and date were invented. If you understand how Jerusalem was being passed between Christianity, Islam and Judaism as if it is a basketball, you will understand the issue.

    It is all about ruling the world. Christianity was being used by Romans and Islam by Muslims.
    Look at yourselves…….close to half of you have christian names. The same amount have Muslim names……the lucky ones are the tiny percentage that these two groups did not find (hence your weird sounding names).
    Change a man and he can always change back. Change his God and he is yours forever.