In the wake of the latest video on the abducted Chibok girls, the BringBackourGirls group has demanded an immediate and decisive response from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government towards the rescue of the girls.
The group, in a statement signed by Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, held that the earlier Federal Government’s excuses of validating the autheticity of the video or a split within the terrorists’ ranks were no more permissible, thereby calling for an immediate action plan.
Precisely, the group called on government to contact the parents to confirm the identities of the girls and provide necessary support for the affected persons, noting that the latest video could not be discountenanced.
For a more responsive action, BBOG hinted of a march to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while calling on governments of the United States, United Kingdom, agencies of the United Nations and African Union, to rekindle their support and strategy for the rescue of the Chibok girls.
“Today, 853 days since the abduction of our #ChibokGirls, we woke up to a video on the state of our girls. We are left with mixed feelings of the grief and strengthened hope as the chilling words continue to sink in.”
“Since we last met with the President in January, we have continued to call on him to be responsive to the needs of our Chibok parents, our movement and the global community for timely updates on the rescue operation.”
“In the aftermath of an earlier video, we repeatedly called for the Government to treat the information as the missing piece of “credible intelligence” it was seeking. Not even the return of Amina Ali, a ChibokGirl, inspired the sort of response we demanded.”
“We demand an immediate, transparent, action and results-oriented response plan by the government. We state categorically that the excuse of a split within the terrorists’ ranks or a period of validation of the authenticity of their claims will not suffice this time. We shall press these demands with a march to the Villa in the next few days.”
“Nothing short of the Nigerian state being in contact with the parents, confirming identities of our girls, providing psychosocial support where necessary, and most importantly, articulating an action plan will be acceptable.”
Similarly, Oby Ezekwesili, on her twitter handle, @obyezeks, said, “As far as we at BBOG are concerned, the Federal Government has not yet reacted like a government that has 218 of her children with terrorists.”
“Nothing short of a credible, decisive, cautious and result-oriented response from President Buhari’s Federal Government will assuage our demands.”
“How can any leader watch the recent video released by terrorists that has 218 of daughters of Nigeria and not do everything to rescue them?”