Oby Ezekwesili on Chibok Girls, Why the Nigerian Army Haven’t Saved Them


After the 2014 abduction of school girls in Chibok, different campaigns have been done to facilitate their release yet some of the teenagers are still in captivity.

Madam Oby Ezekwesili, who is the founder of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) organization, says that the group would not hesitate to march to the Presidential Villa every day if that is what is needed for the girls to be rescued.

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Ezekwesili made the comment following the release of a video by the terrorist group who captured the school children.

“We are not going to let up until this government acts. Let them get ready because every day we shall be marching to the (Presidential) villa. These girls were kidnapped in the course of getting education, which annoyed me to no end,” she said.

“It is on this basis of education that I became what I am today. If it means marching to the villa every day to demand the release of our Chibok girls, so be it….Only three choices are available – negotiate to release our girls, use the military operation or a combination of the two. We don’t want to see a fourth video,” she added.

While the government claimed all the girls have been rescued, the video showed that about 50 of them are still alive. The video also showed one terrorist who accused the Nigerian Army of killing some of the girls during an airstrike.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Abayomi Olonishakin‎, has said that the military is proceeding with its operations against the Boko Haram sect. However, stated that the request made by the Boko Haram to trade the kidnapped Chibok girls with the detained members of the group, who are in the custody of the Federal Government, may not be immediately possible.

The military chief also said the decision to swap the girls is a political one that needs to be taken as soon as possible. However, in the main time, they will carry on with their initial plans and the operations are being conducted appropriately.

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