Obasanjo wants #BringBackOurGirls campaign on till girls are found

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls on April 14 from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State is a sad episode in the history of Nigeria.

Speaking during a visit by the #BringBackOurGirls campaign group on Tuesday, Mr. Obasanjo said the demand for an intensified effort towards the release of the girls must continue.

“The reason why we must continue to sing this is because today it is Chibok, tomorrow it could be my village,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

The group had visited three Nigerian elder statesmen: Mr. Obasanjo, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka and Christopher Kolade in Abeokuta and Lagos.

Mr. Kolade addressing the group said it was only someone with no imagination that could be comfortable with the girls’ abduction.

“What haunts me every day is that anyone who has children or grandchildren (as I do now) has a natural desire to ensure that their future will be one they will enjoy,” Mr. Kolade said.

Mr. Soyinka said the weight of guilt felt towards the abduction of the girls has prevented an end to the demand. He said the entire nation must be mobilized to end the insurgency in Nigeria.

“Remember that a white President mobilised the National Guard to escort one small black girl to school in a deeply racist United States. So why can’t we mobilise the Army to ensure that no educational institution in Nigeria is closed?” Mr. Soyinka asked.

Messers Obasanjo, Soyinka and Kolade recommended that the group’s campaign must be sustained and that the #BringBackOurGirls family should continue to advocate for the rescue of all abducted persons in Nigeria.

They advised the group to continue mobilising and educating Nigerians, provide direct testimony on the impact of the insurgency in the North East and join with other concerned Nigerians to raise awareness and provide humanitarian support for the displaced communities of North Eastern Nigeria.

Referring to the group as a source of hope for the vulnerable Chibok community, the trio agreed to be a consistent voice for the Chibok girls and for the communities of North Eastern Nigeria which have been ravaged by the insurgency.

They also agreed to participate in an initiative to mobilise Nigeria’s other elder statesmen in a non-partisan forum to proffer practical solutions and to be a collective voice of reason on issues of national importance, most especially on the insurgency and the rescue of the 219 Chibok girls.


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  • Joe

    I can only join this group when there are ready for the campaign in maiduguri. Campaigns in Lagos and Abuja are not from the heart but lips meant to hurt the government of the day. The campaigners could have influenced the citizens if they could have provided foods and clothing for the tens of hundreds that have been displaced from their homes. Am not saying they are doing is bad, but it looks political.

    • tundemash

      yeah right ! Mrs Obama, Mrs Cameron, Beyonce, Maria Carey that all joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign from afar are also political ! One day, the insecurity in the land would be visited on you or your family members and certainly no one would be there to support as you have denounced this one .

      ,b>When the SaveNigeria grooup were campaigning for Dumbo to be acting President in Abuja in 2009; was that political or not ?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    To be taken seriously and not to be seen to be partisan, their visitations should have started from Maiduguri to get the first hand information on what actually happened. Oga jona is. Now the whipping boy. No problem, by the time he is stampeded out of office by the Messrs know all, I just hope the desired peace will come upon Nigeria, if not

    • tundemash

      you said “No problem, by the time he is stampeded out of office by the Messrs know all, I just hope the desired peace will come upon Nigeria,”

      good , reality is overtaking your fantasy at last! Between now and FeBuhari 15th is all you have to get as much crumbs as you can get; the PDP rogues would stop paying you once they lose the election as your usefulness would have expired.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Gone nuts, so soon
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • tundemash

          Loss of crumbs is understandingly a tragic thing for you e-rats but the sad thing is, aside the TAN stove and bag of rice , what else can you show for the 6 years of Dumbo’s rule? Bayelsa youths said same thing today.
          And once again, good you know that reality is overtaking your fantasy at last!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Olodo. Sharaaaap
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            ha ! ha !! ha !! Apparently you are hurting ….. I commiserate with you on the tragedy that has befallen your household by the impending loss of crumbs. May Tommpolo and Asari be able to repay you for your services to Dumbo !

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You probably use your anus for other purposes, other than what it was meant for, hence……… Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            Disappointment at times lead to madness so I understand your rants !
            While GEJ/Patience cools their heels in jail post 2015 election, u will get a bed at the Bayelsa hospital Jona has refused to develop either as gov or President!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            That is exactly what I am saying. You are not normal
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  • Okey

    That should remind us of those children -infant and suckling- and pregnant women in Zaki Biam and Odi who fell under the hell of bullets rained on them by he who kept watch over them. The question then is : where did Boko Haram learn their heartlessness and utter disregard for human life from ?