#BringBackOurGirls: Campaigners to hold conferences around the world

 Wednesday marks the 100th day of the girls stay in captivity.

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The #BringBackOurGirls protesters on Tuesday said they would hold conferences in various countries across the globe to mark the 100th day of the abduction of the over 200 girls in Nigeria.

According to a statement released by the group, the conferences aim to show that Nigerians would not be silenced in their efforts to ensure that the Nigerian government lived up to its responsibility to the citizens.

“The continued pattern of intolerance to the activities of the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign is at variance with our effort to promote healthy civic engagement by citizens to strengthen the resolve of government to rescue the girls. As we denounce the wave of terror and insecurity across the country, we continue to demand that the Federal Government deploy its resources to ensure that the missing girls are brought home, and the errors leading from three-weeks of delayed action are remedied,” the statement said.

The sessions will hold on Wednesday in Ibadan – Press Conference at the BRECAN Centre at 10 am; Abuja – Special sit-out ceremony at the Unity Fountain at 3 pm; Lagos – Remembrance service at the Wall of Missing Girls at Falomo Roundabout at 4pm; and New York – Candlelight vigil at the Nigerian Consulate at 5.30pm.

There will also be events in India, Pakistan, the UK and most world capitals where there are teachers’ organisations in partnership with the UN Special Envoy’s Office of Gordon Brown.

Other organisations participating are: World at School, Girls not Brides, Global March Against Child Labour, Walk Free, and Educational International.

The Chibok schoolgirls were abducted on April 14 from their hostels in Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State by the Boko Haram terrorists.

However, 57 of the schoolgirls have been able to escape from their abductors while 219 of them remain in captivity.

The girls’ abduction gained international attention through the help of the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners convened by a former Nigerian minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili and other activists in Nigeria.


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