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Chibok Girls Remembered One Year After Abduction — #BringBackOurGirls

Chibok Girls Remembered One Year After Abduction — #BringBackOurGirls

| On 14, Apr 2015

Abuja–It is One year today since the abduction of the 276 girls on the 14th of April 2014 from their school in  Chibok, Borno state by Boko Haram Sect of which 57 escaped but 219 of the girls are still missing.

The Bring Back Our Girls Campaign Group in commemoration held a week long global countdown tagged ” Our Chibok Girls Never To Be Forgotten” which was filled with several activities and  was capped today with a procession to the ministry of Education.

The procession had 219 Chibok girls ambassadors, made up of children and teenagers carrying placards which  had names of each of the abducted girls written on them to represent each of the missing girls. The atmosphere of the procession was clouded with feeling of grief and hope as they both commemorate and await the return of the girls safely.

The group proceeded to the Ministry of Education where they met the gates under lock and keys but the children did not relent as they chanted fervently and with vigor the solidarity song, asking for the return of the girls and the chance to speak to the Minister of Education.

The gates were later opened and the children had access into the premises but the Minister of Education was absent and  was represented by the Director of Planning, Mrs Oloto and the Director of Human Resource and Management, Dr Mohammed Umar.

They both assured the girls that the government is working hard to see that the girls are safely returned back to their parents, adding that they will give the necessary support needed to see to the release of the girls.

 Dr. Umar further stated that the Ministry is also affected as most schools in the North East have been closed down  for a very long time, adding that the return of the girls is a collective responsibility and should not be left to the government only.

The chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Chidi Odinkalu who was saddened over the attitude of the  Ministry for locking the children out , said that “This is an anniversary no parent would wish for even their enemies”

Two of the Chibok girls that escaped Rebecca Ishaku and Christiana spoke to Per Second News but with  lots of emotions written  in their speech as they demanded to know why the government has not rescued the girls and  why people still doubt  the abduction of the girls.

Speaking on behalf of the girls, Maryam Ahmed called on the government to bring back the girls asking that details be given on the ongoing activities laid out for their rescue. She added that thy will not get tired even though it is 365 days already.