Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group has insisted that its continuous advocacy for the safe rescue of abducted Chibok Schoolgirls, Leah Sharibu and other Nigerians held captive by Boko Haram is not a favour but a demand for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights.
Speaking at a one day stakeholders’ dialogue organised by Centre for Democracy and Development in Abuja yesterday, a co-founder of the group, Aisha Yesufu emphasised that even though the group may be fatigued after 1,518 days, it will stop at nothing to ensure that all Chibok school girls held captive are returned. “We have been coming out for 1,518 days. We have consistently said that we will not rest until each and every one of them is accounted for.
“Talking about fatigue, that should be expected. Our souls are weary; everyday we come to realize that about 112 Chibok girls are still in captivity for 1,533 days. No matter how much tired we are as members of BBOG movement we will continue to demand their release from Nigerian government. Looking at it again, it is not doing Chibok girls or Leah Sharibu a favour by we coming out and making demand for their release. It is doing that which is right and we will continue to do that. We have always said that the rescue of our Chibok girls is not a privilege but their right as enshrined in the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria,” she said.
Also speaking, the executive director of Kenya based Partnership For African Social and Governance Research, Tade Okinyonan said his organisation is interested in excellent and social science research for public engagement.
Adding that BBOG is an example of something happening in the world today.
“BBOG is an example of what we call new form of social and political organisations and action. It is a new form of acting, particularly using the new technology. Arab Spring is an example. It should bring people together and make them rise up using Twitter and other social media platforms to mobilise people.
We have seen that happen in Nigeria, we have seen new forms of social movement but how are they linked to social and political change in the country? That is our main area of interest,” he said.
The senior programme officer of Centre For Democracy and Development Austin Aigbe said the aim of this research is to unravel what makes BBOG a unique group and why it has remained very proactive in its advocacy since April 2014 unlike such similar movements across the world that have gone into extinction and also interrogate lessons that have been learnt and share experiences with other organisations that may wish to learn from BBOG.