6 January 2017
Today is 998 days of the abduction of our Chibok girls in their school on 14 April 2014. It is 2 days to #Day1000 of their captivity; 276 schoolgirls were abducted, 57 escaped, 219 remained missing, of these 24 have returned as of yesterday 5 January, 195 are still in captivity.
Only 3 days ago in announcing our Global Week of Action to mark #Day1000 of the abduction and the continued captivity of our now 195 girls, we said:
‘Our Movement is justifiably worried that the Nigerian government has once again relapsed to the same complacency, lethargy, and inertia that has been recurrent on this tragedy. What else explains the fact that despite all assurances that another 83 of our Chibok girls were under negotiation for release “soonest” there has been no further communication on the status of their release?’
Very sadly, the Nigerian president’s senior special adviser on media and publicity, speaking on the president’s behalf on yesterday’s return of Rakiya Gali said:
‘The President notes that the recovery raises renewed hope that the other captured girls will one day be reunited with their families, friends and community.’
Note that he said ‘…will ONE DAY be reunited with their families…’ Not ‘as soon as it’s humanly possible.’ There is no tone of urgency. This confirms our doubts as to the federal government’s rescue mission. Is the strategy that each one would escaped of their own accord and be recovered for how long the process takes? This is excruciatingly pitiful.
We therefore go ahead with our #Day1000 activities with recommitted zeal. Activities have been confirmed to hold in New York (4 events on the same day 8 January), Washington DC, Paris, Lagos, and Abuja. Kindly join any close to you or organise one in your location.
In Abuja, following are the daily themes of our marches for the 7 days:
*Sunday 8 January:
#ChibokGirls – #Day1000
*Monday 9 January:
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) – our Chibok girls are themselves IDPs (or refugees) as captives wherever they may be. The condition of IDPs in the Northeast is a humanitarian tragedy of immense proportion. The action necessary is too slow in coming from our Government. This has to change.
*Tuesday 10 January:
Military welfare – our Nigerian troops at the frontlines of the counterinsurgency deserve better. Videos have emerged where they have been seen scrambling for basic supplies like water. They allege that many are still ill-equipped and that some do not have proper clothing for the harsh weather, arms and ammunition. Some have been unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment for mutiny/treason for declining to fight without arms.
*Wednesday 11 January:
Corruption/Poor governance: There is corruption and poor governance in all sectors of our society including in the judiciary. The situation of the IDPs and our troops is a manifestation of this cancer. Corruption and poor governance created the enabling context for our girls to be abduction. The same cancer of corruption is a key reason why they remain in captivity 1,000 days after. The recent revelation that the N500million budgeted for the rebuilding of the Government Secondary School Chibok speaks to the depth of the corruption menace. Much more effective action is necessary from our Federal Government to stem the scourge.
*Thursday 12 January:
Endangered Education – Our Chibok girls were abducted in their school. Their only ‘crime’ was seeking an education (despite all the odds). Education- especially girls education- is clearly under attack in Nigeria. We must unite to counter this and ensure that our children are safe and feel safe to be in school.
*Friday 13 January:
Girl-child vulnerability – Our Chibok girls represent the horrors of the violence that the girl-child is exposed to, and many times undergoes. Another recent example is that Habiba Ishiaku, abducted and forcefully “married” at age 14 without her parents’ knowledge, and ‘converted’ to another religion, all these done by the authority of the Emir of Katsina and the Katsina Emirate Council with the full knowledge and support of the Nigerian state.
*Saturday 14 January:
Insecurity: In Zamfara, Zaria, Jos, Enugu, Jos, Agatu, Southern Kaduna, etc, killings have taken place and are continually going on with entire communities wiped out, with no consequences and no end in view. All lives matter. All lives are precious. No human being is more human than other humans, and no Nigerian is more Nigerian than any other Nigeria. We insist that our Federal Government must take every action necessary to restore dignity to EVERY Nigerian life.
All the above themes and focuses have connections with and are relevant to our Chibok girls and the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy.
Kindly join us, and/or get in touch via [email protected]
MR PRESIDENT, NO MORE EXCUSES!
MR PRESIDENT, NO MORE DELAYS!!
MR PRESIDENT, DECIDE NOW!!!
MR PRESIDENT, ACT NOW WE WANT MORE RESULTS!!!!