As the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child, the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has continued to the 218 Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.
A statement signed by the group’s leaders, Aisha Yesufu an Dr Oby Ezekwesili, lamented that it was the third consecutive International Day of the Girl Child it had celebrated without the abducted 218 girls.
“It is with deep sense of sadness that we join the world to mark a third consecutive International Day of the Girl Child without our 218 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14, 2014.
“Since their abduction, this special day observed by members of the United Nations has had an even greater significance for the Chibok community, concerned Nigerian and global citizens, and the #BringBackOurGirls movement, because the themes are poignant reminders of how much the continued captivity of our Chibok girls – who the movement has always referred to as being symbolic of girls everywhere – highlights the long road to removing the barriers that continue to face girls around the world,” it said.
The statement added that the abducted girls had gone to school in other to better themselves an their families and their dreams were cut short by their abductors and added that their not being rescued have prevented them from contributing their quota to the development of the country.