#BringBackOurGirls Aso Rock protest march – Live Updates

Protesters seeking to pressure the Nigerian Government to act and rescue 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect are this afternoon driving their campaign to a new level.

The #BringBackOurGirls protesters plan to march on Aso Rock, Nigeria’s presidential villa. No protest group have ever marched on Aso Rock.

The protesters face two challenges in their bid. The Aso Rock villa is heavily protected by a special security arrangement and protected from the public. Only workers or invited guests are allowed access into that area of town. The protesters may have a difficult time breaking through the layers of security that ensures that Aso Rock villa is out of bounds to the public.

The protesters may also have a hard time breaking through civil police barriers early in the protest. Abuja police boss, Joseph Mbu, had threatened to stop the protesters far before the perimeters of the presidential villa.

Mr. Mbu was recently transferred from Rivers state, after several face-offs with Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

Our reporters are covering the protest and will bring you live updates from the march.

Real-time images and videos on Instagram.

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  • Angryman

    I have assured you on several occasions that everything possible will be done and is being done to bring our girls back alive
    No stone will be left unturned
    We also have the support of the international community
    You can take that to the bank
    But if you people are so much in a hurry ; don’t you know the road to Sambisa forest ?
    Inform me if/when you are back

    • saleem

      Saboteur, sabotaging a good cause, sabotaging a nation and even sabotaging ur sponsore.

      • Angryman

        Are you back from Sambisa forest ?

        • emmanuel

          Ezekwesili should take her protests to FCT minister or to Government house Maiduguri.

          Or better still Sambisa like you have said. After all someone who dares all to protest can still dare allto do a sit-in protest at the Sambisa entrance by Chibok. Her Oynbo financiers would wire funds to her for logistics.

          She can also invite the military for debate on how to bring back the girls wiithout hurting them

        • Dan maikoko

          More than 5 Trillion naira in the last four years was taken from us by this clueless president to arm and prepare those that should go Sambisa. We are still waiting. But to answer your question let the lame duck president hand over the command of the army the police and the SSS together with the trillion naira budget for this year to the protesters and we will go to Sambisa in two days. Its not fair that your Dumbo should handle the defence budget while others do his job for him.

          • Angryman

            So you didn’t go to Sambisa forest afterall
            Lucky you , because I forgot to warn you that Shekau is an animal – a very dangerous and vicious one at that
            That is to say you are still relying on me to rescue the girls
            Unfortunately you are asking for champagne service on a Coke budget
            Are you not aware my Service Chiefs are complaining of inadequate funding
            That notwithstanding all hands are on deck to bring back the girls alive
            We are leaving no stone unturned
            You can assist us by praying for us
            Also don’t forget to keep demonstrating, but against Boko Haram
            Very soon we shall all have reason to smile – God willing

  • Angryman

    Kudos to the President for the matured way he handled the protest
    Protesters – not satisfied
    Government – very satisfied
    Losers – mischief makers

  • Mosaku 147

    Sometimes my people disappoint me.with the caliber of senior ministers present and even the SGF,it was jumoke akinjide that chose to speak;I mean read out a prepared speech. Reuben and Doyin were present.Kema Chikwe and FCT minister were present.women affairs minister was present.very senior government officials were all present.almighty Mbu provided security cover. But no GEJ or Dame.even mama Eunice could not make it just less than a kilometer from their home.
    All present were scared of facing Nigeria,but it took a famed Akinjide to speak.if this woman was sensible,was she not suppose to remember how her father tarnished his image with his famous one two third theory.
    Yoruba ronu! Like father like daughter.

    • emmanuel

      Mosaku must people use your template to do things within their operational ambits?

      You would have said must it be Okupe or some other person?

      Jonathan would been a less busy leader and someone without direction if he comes out to listen to all protesters. May be he would have opened the Villa to Dino Melaiye over one hundred time by now.

      Ezekwesili has asked all the questions she want at previous protests and has done it at Eagles square. If she wants popularity, she should wait to slug it out at 2015 presidential election and she would find her vote for herself alone like Sarah Jibrin.

      • Mosaku 147

        You don’t get my drift Emmanuel. Why must it be Jumoke Akinjide? Is she the only one who can talk? Everyone present there avoided that speech because they know it was foolish on the part of government to direct the protesters to BH.
        If they (government) can show were Shakau resides am sure Nigerians will direct their protest there.
        Just like her dad who turned a mathematician in 1979.

    • Angryman

      The speaker is not as important as what was said
      Don’t forget, the protest leader was a woman
      There is nothing wrong with woman to woman
      You said her father tarnished his image ; agreed, among Awo supporters
      It was a question of law and he didn’t deliver the judgment
      He presented the argument and the judges swallowed it, for whatever reason

  • Dan maikoko

    Its a waste of time forcing a donkey to read! What the president must do and say is intrinsically built in him. He either has it or he doesnt. In this case our president doesnt have it and no amount of protests or demands from others will give it to him. There are only three ways to solve this problem one is already lost its back in 2011, the second is impeachment, the third is to wait for 2015 and remove him.

    • Angryman

      Sorry, your options are incomplete
      You forgot -all of the above; none of the above
      Impeachment will be too unpalatable
      2015 is unlikely considering the strange bedfellows that make up the opposition – the desperados
      Their desperation will make them to tear each other apart
      Since it cannot be all of the above then it must be none of the above