Buhari, like Jonathan, has failed Chibok girls – BBOG

Members of the Bring Back Our Girls group being stopped by a cordon of police officers at the three-arm zone, Abuja.
Members of the Bring Back Our Girls group being stopped by a cordon of police officers at the three-arm zone, Abuja.

The Bring Back Our Girls group, BBOG, on Sunday described the inability of government to ensure the return of abducted Chibok girls as a monumental failure on the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Speaking during a protest organised to mark the 1000th day since the abduction of over 200 girls from their secondary school in Chibok, the group’s leader, Obi Ezekwesili, said it was unimaginable that the girls would remain with their captors, in a country with a known leadership, this long.

“We never imagined that it would last more than 30 days. Then 60 days came, then two years and today. The saddest occurrence in the history of our country.

“We have had two governments and yet we have 195 girls who are yet to be released from terrorists, 1000 days after they were abducted.

“We had said 500 days after they were abducted that 500 days was too long for citizens to wait for their daughters to be rescued. Today is 500 days times two. You can imagine how much of a monumental failure it is that 195 of our Chibok girls are still in terrorists’ captivity,” she said.

In its official statement on Sunday, the group restated its earlier claim that the government had relaxed in its commitment toward the return of the girls.

It also compared the response of the Buhari administration to the plight of abducted citizens to that of the previous Goodluck Jonathan administration.

“As with the Jonathan administration, the Buhari administration’s response to issues about the Chibok girls is representative of its handling of other issues – insecurity, welfare of internally displaced persons, military welfare, corruption and poor governance,” the group said.

Members of the Bring Back Our Girls group being stopped by a cordon of police officers at the three-arm zone, Abuja.
Members of the Bring Back Our Girls group being stopped by a cordon of police officers at the three-arm zone, Abuja.

President Buhari had in an earlier statement on Sunday restated his administration’s commitment to the release of the abducted girls. The administration has been able to secure the release of 21 of the girls through negotiation with Boko Haram, while another one was recently freed by soldiers.

The BBOG began its campaign for the return of Chibok girls two weeks after they were abducted on April 14, 2014.

Police officers had attempted to stop the group from protesting on Sunday, creating a barricade close to the Aso Villa gate, where the group had encamped during its last protest.

Consequently, the group stopped at the three-arm zone junction and continued its program.


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  • Otile

    Imam owes them nothing, he used the stunt to come to power. The girls will be freed whenever Allahu wills it. Allahu Akbar.

  • blackdove

    So Buhari should rescue chibok girls that were kidnapped 2 years before he was sworn in as if it was that easy when his predecessor and his wife denied any girls where ever kidnapped? You people are very unpatriotic, otherwise you would have known that there is a clear distinction between a criminal administration and an honest one.

  • Arkhuma

    The clear case here is that has there been any effort on the government to find the girls? And the resounding answer is yes. We must be truthful to ourselves and also respect other people’s effort however little. What could Buhari have done differently? His government has pursued Boko Haram relentlessly seeking for the girls, they’ve negotiated whenever the opportunity presented itself with the recently released batch as a example, soldiers have been lost in the course of seeking for BH. These are also people with family. So what does Obi Ezekwezili really wants. Doesn’t she know that BH probably views the girls as their ticket meal? And would continue to maximize our failure to act decisively when the incidence happened. It’s unfortunate that the parents of these girls are confronted with this trauma. But they should also acknowledge the sacrifice of others in trying to bring the girls back. We must quit this self serving mentality and continue to explore means by which we can still bring the girls back if possible. If Obi has better strategy, including militarily, she should profess it rather than riding on the back of unfortunate parents to disparage genuine intentions.

    • Al

      Arkhuma I like your comment, well said. God bless our military

  • Burning Spear

    The entire chibok girl issue is fake and God knows bingo buhari and the apes in apc were just lying–The release of the 20 girls by alleged Fulani boko haram fighters from Mali was designed to deceive Nigerians——————The girls were smuggled from IDP camps and coached to make them look as if they were freed by their Fulani captors———————-

    • dir. s.

      My friend except you were brought up by a dog stop calling the President bingo buhari…identify yourself if you’re a man and mean your words…

  • Hssn

    BBOG campaigners should appreciate the success this administration has recorded so far towards rescuing the girls and defeating boko Haram. there are thousands of other captives and IDPs are out there in need of help. why only chibok girls? it seems some victims have more rights than others.

  • otunga

    Just piss off.. this old ugly arrogant woman