#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS PRESS STATEMENT -ONE YEAR COMMEMORATION OF THE ABDUCTION OF OUR #CHIBOKGIRLS
In exactly two weeks from today it will be one year since 276 schoolgirls of GSS Chibok, Borno state were abducted. 57 escaped but 219 are still missing.
We are all saddened as the One Year of this heinous abduction approaches on April 14, 2015. We are hopeful and still expect the rescue of our 219 Girls before that date. However, we are organizing to commemorate this sad event if they aren’t back by then.
Effective from Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, we shall begin a Global Week of Action with the theme: #ChibokGirls #NeverToBeForgotten. This shall terminate on the Tuesday 14th, 2015.
Find below on our website the Program of Action and how you can participate:
There is also the Chibok Girls Ambassadors. Schoolgirls aged 10 -18 who would volunteer to stand for our missing Chibok girls. Details are available at this link:
Schools would also be able to participate by organizing marches called the Global School Girl March. Details are available at this link:
During our Special Global Week Of Action commemorating our #ChibokGirls’ abduction, we shall like to have all our friends across Nigeria and the world to join in and support our activities in their different communities, cities and countries.
The essence of this Special Commemoration is not for entertainment. We find the continued captivity of our girls unacceptable. And, we wish to demand expeditious global campaign to accelerate all efforts being coordinated by the Nigerian Government and her allies towards their rescue.
The effort of every man and woman, far and near, in this particular period will be critical in driving the required renewed demand and pressure to find our girls and bring them home to their parents.
Wherever you are, we call on you today to join in; to rally afresh and to mobilize resources to bring our #ChibokGirls back on the front burner. A day in the captivity of terrorists is agonizingly dreadful enough. One year is too much and too difficult to imagine. Our #ChibokGirls are innocent global citizens that the world must ensure are #NeverToBeForgotten.
From this weekend up to today, Nigeria has been involved in a presidential and national assembly electoral cycle that was generally accepted as successful. This is victory for Nigeria and Nigerians. The success of the entire of process was largely because Nigerians placed a demand on the electoral system, and with concerted effort, coupled with true commitment and sincerity of purpose from all involved.
This should be a lesson for all. With this same commitment and sincerity of purpose, we can have our girls back soonest.
While congratulating both the current president and incoming one, the president-elect, we demand that both prioritise the rescue of our missing 219 #ChibokGirls as a topmost agenda during this transition period, and to work together in assiduously in unison to see that our missing girls return before the handover date of 29 May 2015.
However, if our girls are not back by that date, we will continue demanding #BringBackOurGirls, and won’t stop, not until they are back and alive!
Thank you and GOD bless Nigeria.
For and on behalf of #BringBackOurGirls
Hadiza Bala Usman