500 days after: Activists march for Chibok girls in Lagos, Abuja

by The Nation

Lagos State members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBG) are to march on the Government House, Alausa to demand the release of the kidnapped schoolgirls.

The group is coordinated by Mohammed Oyebode.

A member of the group, Mr. Niyi Onabanjo, said the group was not happy that up till now, the girls are still missing.

He said: “We will commence our protest march from the Obafemi Awolowo Round About, at the Allen Avenue Junction, Ikeja and proceed to the Government House, Alausa.

“We will deliver a paper to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and expect him to convey it to the relevant authorities on the matter.

“We expect the Lagos State Emergency Management Board to get in touch with the Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) and render whatever assistance it can to the suffering people displaced by insurgency.”

Also speaking, Babasola Olalere said they would mobilise not less than 300 people, bearing placards of different inscriptions, highlighting the plight of the parents and their guardians.

He said the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had been mobilised to control traffic, stressing that the police and other relevant authorities had been contacted to give protection.

He added that government must do everything possible to give respite to the parents of the captured girls, noting that some of them died due to the grief they experienced over the girls.

“It is time the government do something about the girl, we believe it is within what they can do. On our part, we will continue to draw attention to the plight of all the people concerned and we hope this will be addressed within the shortest time possible.”

A youth march and candle-lit vigil will hold today in Abuja to mark the 500 days of the capture of the Chibok girls.

One of the leaders of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign in Abuja Aisha Yesufu said: “We keep on hoping that the girls will be found. We will keep up the fight, there will be no retreat, no surrender on the Chibok girls until each one of them is accounted for.”

Muslim and Christian prayer services, a tree planting ceremony and a march through Abuja, have already been held to mark the day.

The girls were abducted from their dormitories at the Chibok Girls Secondary School in Borno State on April 14, 2014.

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