After over eight months of the Chibok girls’ abduction, one of the conveners of the #BringBackOurGirls group and former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has said that it is crystal clear that the government is doing very little to ensure the rescue of the over 219 schoolgirls.
Ezekwesili, who was speaking during the usual sit out protest of the group yesterday in Abuja, noted that from the attitude of the government, especially whenever the issue of the girls is raised, nothing serious has been done concerning their rescue.
She stated that the Chibok girls’ abduction is still being mentioned in official circles occasionally because of the BBOG group and its determination not to allow the issue of the girls to be swept under the carpet, adding that they will not relent in their demand for the girls to be brought back alive.
“Silence can never be an option for us as we continue this advocacy. We will continue to stand. We have to continue to be the voice of the girls. The New Year marks a completely new chapter for this group. We need to enter the first chapter of the year in a remarkable way.
“From the attitude of government, it is clear that there is nothing tangible going on. Just observe the way the government acts when the issue of the girls is brought up. The way they reply to questions about the girls shows they have already folded their mats but we will continue. We have not folded our mats. We will continue to stand for the girls”, she said.
Ezekwesili, who noted that some people are afraid to join in the campaign for the rescue of the Chibok girls because of what they might lose, called on Nigerians to conquer their fear and join the group, as the truth about the abducted 219 girls and insurgency in the Northeast will be revealed.
“The truth has no hiding place. We will keep standing for this truth; we will keep standing even after 243 days of our sit-out”, she said.