The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) campaign group has urged the world to ensure that the Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in their school in Borno State last year were not abandoned nor forgotten.
In a statement signed by the leaders of the group, Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman yesterday, the BBOG stated that the girls have become a symbol of oppressed, repressed, disadvantaged, hurting and unsafe persons everywhere in the world adding that forgetting them will be like forgetting all the vulnerable in the society.
“Our Chibok girls are the symbol for all the oppressed, repressed, disadvantaged, hurting, unsafe persons everywhere, especially women and children. The advocacy for their safety and safe return is a symbol of the defence of the dignity and sanctity of human life”, the statement said.
The group asked the global community to add their voice in the advocacy for the abducted girls that have been in the hands of their captors for over 450 days, to be rescued.
“Wherever you may be around the world, we urge you to join us in voicing out that our innocent Chibok girls (who are global citizens) are crying to be rescued, that the world must ensure that they are never to be forgotten”, it said.
It further stated that the world cannot afford to move on without a positive closure on the monumental tragedy that befell the school girls who had been abducted in their school in their search for education.
The BBOG stated that it would organise a Global Week of Action in order to commemorate the 500 days that the 219 Chibok school girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect.
The statement added that the week was aimed at reminding the world that the 219 Chibok girls, who were abducted by on April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram, were still in captivity and no news have been gotten of their whereabouts.