The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) Group yesterday in Abuja reminded Nigerians that none of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls has been rescued, alleging poor rescue operations.
The group said this when its leaders visited the Abuja head office of Media Trust Limited, publishers of the Trust newspaper titles.
Led by Mrs. Maryam Uwais and Mr. Dino Malaye, the group lamented that 135 days after the girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, the government had not been able to rescue any of them.
“219 girls are still out there, we feel it is necessary to remind Nigerians about the plight of these girls”, Mrs Uwais said.
“As human beings, we have to empathise with the parents of these girls. We must continue to insist that our girls must be brought back and we can’t forget that our girls are out there”.
She noted that the campaign to bring back the Chibok girls was neither political nor against the government, adding that the BBOG group was neither hijacked nor infiltrated as insinuated in some quarters.
Speaking in the same vein, Melaye, a former House of Representatives member, said the group is on an awareness campaign to resuscitate the consciousness of Nigerians to the sufferings of the abducted girls.
“The primary occupation of government is to protect the security of the country; it is not an agitation to condemn government but asking them to own up to their responsibility”, he said.
Melaye, who denied that the group operated a bank account, asked: “How can a top security agency come up with a policy statement that a group is a franchise and allow the continued existence of that group?”
He challenged the State Security Service to make public the purported account number and expose those funding it.