#BringBackOurGirls group plans to meet Jonathan again

FILE PHOTO: The last time the BBOG group attempted to protest in the presidential villa, they were stopped half way.

The #BringBackBackOurGirls campaign group on Monday said it has planned to meet with Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, at the presidential villa in Aso Rock, Abuja.

In a statement by the group’s media coordinator, Rotimi Olawale, the group said the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family will march to Presidential Villa on October 14 to discuss and hear directly from the president, the status of efforts being made towards rescuing the over 200 abducted girls.

On April 14, over 200 schoolgirls abducted from their hostel in Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state.

Mr. Olawale said the group will also demand an urgent rescue of the girls.

He said the rally is in continuation of the group’s global week of action to mark the girls’ sixth month stay with their abductors.

“We, the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja family, wish to notify the members of the public that we have requested (for) an appointment, and will be marching to meet with our President on Tuesday October 14, 2014,” Mr. Olawale said.

Mr. Olawale enjoined members of the public concerned about the girl’s abduction six months ago to join the presidential march.

On May 22, the group’s first attempt to meet with Mr. Jonathan was met with resistance from security operatives at the Eagle Square where they were prevented from proceeding into the presidential villa in Aso Rock.

However, the group was met by a presidential delegate led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim.

The delegation’s spokesperson, the Minister of State Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, reading from a letter addressed to the protesters by President Goodluck Jonathan, said the Federal Government is appreciative and supportive of their efforts.

Mr. Jonathan told the crowd that terrorism is a global challenge, giving instances of attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and Iran.

At that meeting, the #BringBackOurGirls convener, Obiageli Ezekwesili, in response to the president’s speech voiced the group’s disappointment on the Mr. Jonathan’s inability to address them himself.

Ms. Ezekwesili asked the delegates to tell the president that the group was not satisfied with answers it got.

“Please let Mr. President know that the answers we received are not enough. Tell him also that he also missed a colossal opportunity to address his citizens on a crucial issue,” Ms. Ezekwesili had said.

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