#BringBackOurGirls campaigners change meeting venue after attack

chibok girls protest

The new venue is in Maitama.

Campaigners demanding greater government action to free more than 200 girls abducted by extremist Boko Haram more than a month ago have changed the venue of their daily sit-in after coming under attack from pro-government protesters.

The meeting point was moved from Unity Fountain near the Trasncorp Hilton hotel, to Maitama Amusement Park, both in central Abuja.

The protesters were attacked on Wednesday at the Unity Fountain by a group calling on Boko Haram, instead of the government, to release the missing girls.

The group is said to be supported by the government.

The assailants fought with some of the protesters, broke their chairs and destroyed reporter’s cameras.

On Thursday, the #BrignBackOurGirls campaigners, led by a former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, and civil rights activist, Jibrin Ibrahim, defied the attacks and held a symposium at Thisday Dome.

The National symposium, which was also called the Democracy day event adopted the theme “citizens, accountability and democracy”.

“We do not want to encourage anyone to divert our attention, to distract us and therefore we have peacefully relocated our spot to Maitama Amusement Gardens,” said Ms. Ezekwesili.

She said it was clear their attackers sought to provoke the protesters to fracas.

“It is very clear that the objective of the group that has taken over the Unity Fountain is to provoke us to a place of a fracas and we are determined that the Bringbackourgirls Abuja family citizens advocacy group will not engage in any confrontation with anybody”


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  • redeem

    The West African
    Examinations Council has put the blame for the kidnap of over 200 students of
    the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, on the Borno state
    government.The examination body said the authorities in Borno refused to
    respond to its call, well before the commencement of the exams, to relocate
    candidates for this year’s SSCE to the state capital and other safe locations,
    where security agents would keep an eye on them, while they wrote their exams.
    He said WAEC had made the request to relocate candidates to safe locations in
    early March, in a letter to the governments of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe
    States.He explained that the request was made because of the fears raised by
    the staff of WAEC who lost three of their colleagues last year while travelling
    with answer scripts from Maiduguri to Yola. Eguridu said regrettably, none of
    the three state governments under emergency rule responded to the request————-Oby go look for work to do u are becoming a disgrace———over 40 Ibos killed in Jos-

  • redeem

    Oby works for obj ati APC not the Nigerians girls that APC abducted for political reasons

    • emmanuel

      Bring back our girls campaigners led by Oby Ezekwesili a former Education Minister and Jibrin Ibrahim a civil rights activist (chairman of editorial board of Premium Times).

      Does it add up?

      Agenda 2015!

  • emmanuel

    Those guys should keep beeting up these scums. They think Nigeria is Thailand?

    Anyway, if they think they can bring down the government by working towards the answer they would have themselves to blame, because economic Nigeria would go with it.

  • Funso Famuyiwa

    God Bless you Dr. Oby and All those who continue to ensure that the powers-that-be are held accountable and do Not abdicate their responsibility to these kidnapped young Girls. Their Parents and relatives constitute those who are voiceless in the society. If they were children of the high and mighty, Tanks would have rolled long ago, Helicopters would have been buzzing ceaselessly and endless trains of Sympathizers paying homage hither and dither.
    History and posterity will show that during this Country’s darkest hours, you and others “womanned” the barricades and stood to be counted. This counts for a lot in a country populated by docile and wimpy populace as well as abusive and insulting arm-chair critics.

    • emmanuel

      Why are you not iut tgere with them?

      How come they never went out following the series of killings and mauling down of lives by Boko Haram?

      Answer – it is not the same, because it would be difficult to release all the girls, so the campaign of calimny can continue well into the elction period for political gains.

      Therefore both the planning, kidnapping of the girls and the follow up protests are part of the game.

  • Uzoma

    The #BringBackOurGirls group has some really exciting and professional made adverts running on tv (e.g., OnTV) and those expensive electronic billboards in Lagos. These ladies are having to dig into their widow’s mite for the Chibok schoolgirls and country!

    • Wähala

      Who paid for the 50 buses that conveyed #ReturnOurGirls thugs to confront and attack the Oby group, and captured by our NTA… certainly not widow’s might or ???

      • Angryman

        Don’t you appreciate his comment
        Or you think he is being sarcastic – I think he is [possibly indirectly accusing your APC]
        But why are they not protesting about Boko Haram releasing the girls instead of unpredictable rescue
        What Boko Haram has done is a war crime and should not be allowed to extract any gain from it
        ‘am I missing something ?

        • Wähala

          No! I darn sure don’t appreciate his comment. The #BringBackOurGirls clamour can be construed to mean @Boko Haram or Govt. It’s enough. Besides, where in the World have you read of citizen protests against fringe elements? Americans never protested against Al Qa’da; Brits against IRA; Kenyan against Al shabaab or Isrealis against Hamas… serious Govts fought and put out their murderous flares. He was being sarcarstic and silly by rehashing the redundant finger pointing at APC as financiers of the Islamist group which is why we’re stagnant and thus, losing the war!

          • Angryman

            That the #BringBackOurGirls could be construed to mean @Boko Haram or Govt was seized upon by the government to say that people demonstrated in its support whereas in actual fact the demonstration was against the government
            When the protesters realized this they changed it to Rescue Our Girls
            You said the Americans and Brits didn’t demonstrate against the terrorists , but did they demonstrate against their governments
            I think it is better if pressure is placed on the terrorists to release the girls than to demand Govt rescue them
            I believe they know the govt will not be st*pid enough to attempt rescuing the girls unless Boko Haram begins killing them
            It appears their protests are to paint the govt black and possibly instigate a military takeover
            I know you and I are on opposite sides of the divide
            Getting the girls back in peace and not in pieces/body bags should be our priority
            Cheers

          • Wähala

            The only legitimate protesters are led by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and as far as I know, she has not realised she’s misdirecting her protests at the Govt. to require the formation of the thug group. So, why did the “PDP-Group” attack the “APC-Group”…strictly for the purpose of our discussion? Nigeria no longer has a military that can take over Govt, they’ve been bought over with corrupt money and are after their pockets, forget them!

          • Angryman

            That apart , I think Nigerians are no longer ready to listen to any ‘Fellow Nigerians’ again
            I am sure Niger Delta will not