Nigerian ministers say Jonathan “will do something” to rescue Chibok girls

The Minister of Lands and Housing, Akon Eyakenyi, on Tuesday promised the #BringBackOurGirls group that the Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, would do something to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

Ms. Eyakenyi said the delegates will deliver the group’s message to the president.

“We will carry the message to him and he’ll do something,” Ms. Eyakenyi said.”We are joining your voices today to demand and request that our daughters be returned.”

The protesters had planned to march on the presidential villa but were blocked by security operatives.

The president also sent delegates to meet with the group at the Villa gate on Yakubu Gowon Crescent.

The delegates, which include the Ministers for Women Affairs, Zainab Maina; Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe; Environment, Laurentia Mallam, and Ms. Eyakenyi, received a letter from the group on behalf of Mr. Jonathan.

Also speaking, Chairman, Chibok community in Abuja, Hosea Abana, said he had taken to hiding from his people to avoid questions on the possible rescue of the girls.

He pleaded with the Nigerian government to explore all possible options, including negotiations and exchange of prisoners for the safe rescue of the girls.

The group also pleaded with the government to put in place intervention mechanism for the rehabilitation of the girls when they return, especially with the escape of one of the girls, Susana Ishaya.

They reminded the president of the promise he made to the Chibok parents during their visit to Abuja.

They also asked Mr. Jonathan to deploy all available resources to ensure the rescue of the girls.

The convener of the campaign group, Obiageli Ezekwesili, indicated interest in enlisting in the military, and urged the nation’s security forces to explore the option of recruiting more Nigerians into the forces.

“I woke up and I asked my husband: is it possible for me to sign up in the Nigerian Army, I want to go,” Ms. Ezekwesili said.


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  • You can’t believe a word that comes out of the mouth of the Nigerian leadership anymore.

    • True Nigerian

      This is a President that sent the army to murder 20 innocent youths in January 2012 for protesting peacefully to question a fraudulent fuel subsidy removal policy that sought to punish millions of poor Nigerians for the humongous crimes of his own cronies who stole more than N2.4 trillion (equivalent to half of the national budget) through fraud that was facilitated by government minister and her cohorts in the petroleum industry. Here also is a president who will send tens of thousands of soldiers and police to intimidate civillians and unlawfully arrest opposition politicians during state elections.

      But somehow, the President cannot have the balls to face peaceful protesters (mostly accomplished professionals of national and international repute) who are asking questions on his gross incompetence and offensive denials in the wake of the Chibok girl’s abduction.

      Even when he eventually recovered his sense of reality and admitted that nearly 300 innocent girls (his own citizens and electorate) were preventably abducted by the terrorists he refused to tackle for 5 years, he then refused to meet, see, hear out or console the parents and relations of the abducted innocent children. He blatantly and unashamedly refused to see the victims of his own idi*tic leadership. Instead, he went to America and committed a blood sum of $2m to a Washington based PR firm which he contracted to sell lies to the world about his obvious incompetence in Nigeria.

      It took the visit, pleas and intervention of a 15-year old called Malala Yousef to convince the President of a country to visit or host the parents and siblings of his own citizens who were being raped, impregnated and enslaved by ragtag gang of stinking animals who call themselves Islamists. Now how great and isnpiring is that record for a President?

      As a hardworking, patriotic and intelligent Nigerian Christian from the South, I feel distraught, embarrassed, and traumatised to have a character like President Jonathan as the leader of my beloved country. I am utterly horriifed!
      But I know he is one of the legacies of the horrible leadership that imposed him on Nigerians in 2007 and a legacy of the folly of those who looked at a man that has a track record of incompetence, corruption and mediocrity in leadership, and yet they felt in 2011 that there is a magical power that could transform him into an amazing character in national leadership for their country. Nigeria is cursed with leaders like Jonathan. But it is cursed even more with the pitiable mentality of most of its populace whose intellect have been badly damaged to believe that the destruction of their country is okay if the perpetrator is from their own tribe or religion.

      • Olu

        And now we are hearing that there is talk of postponing the election for 2 years. Sit back and watch this drama unfold before your very own eyes.

  • Buhari is an Islamist

    ~GEJ should please bomb both Boko-Haram and Chibok girls all together in Sambisa forest.

    Then bring back their body bags to Alhaja Oby and BringBackOurGirls group. With that this whole fraudulent march of Chibok protest will end. It now make sense for Boko-Haram to kill their kidnapped victims than keep them alive.

    I know some Muslims and APC E-rats on this forum will accuse me of being heartless simply because I have no daughter among them. I don’t care. GEJ must stop BringBackOurGirls group.

    • Olu Ade

      You don’t deserve a response from anybody. END OF DISCUSSION.

      • Buhari is an Islamist

        You don’t have to respond, just get the message. Say No to Sharia rule.

  • Chris1408

    GEJ is still doing “Something” six months later.