Everything You Must Know about Chibok and #BringBackOurGirls

Just a few hours ago in Abuja, President Jonathan Goodluck of Nigeria publicly admitted that his government is not aware of the whereabouts of more than two hundred female students from Borno state that were abducted 3 weeks ago. Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader who CNN described as the face of terror. A ruthless leader with a twisted ideology. And the sadistic architect of a campaign of mayhem and misery appeared in an almost one hour video and said, “We abducted your western education girls and we will sell them into slavery”. Abubakar Shekau is the leader of Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah il-Da’awati wal-Jihad, more commonly known as Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden,” is a Nigeria-based terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the current Nigerian government and replace it with a regime based on Islamic law.

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#BringBackOurGirls - Chibok and #BringBackOurGirls

In his latest video, the Boko Haram leader was standing in front of 2 pick-up trucks mounted with machines guns. He was dressed up in combat fatigues, and 6 armed militant soldiers stood in the background with their faces hidden. The images of the video are somehow blurry but zoom into Shekau speaking in mostly Arabic but at times in English. Over the first 15 minutes of the fifty-seven minutes’ video, Shekau takes a swipe at western education, democracy, efforts for Christians and Muslims to live in harmony, and rails against non-Islamic believers.

“We have your 200 Chibok girls from your Western School and you are worried. I told you repeatedly that western education must stop. Western education should end. Girls you should find men and get married,” Shekau said.

“I repeat this, you should stop western education. I abducted the girls and I will sell them cheaply in the market,” Shekau emphasized in the video. He claimed that his group was holding all the  girls as slaves.

“I will personally marry off a woman at 12, and I will marry-off a girl at 9,” he said in another section of the video.

Unconfirmed rumors from Chibok leaders suggested that the girls had been taken across Nigerian Border with Cameroon and Chad, and sold as brides for as less as $12. International protest on the mission students was initially low, but all thanks to social media, it has recently become a hot topic. Bring back our girls’ campaigns are all over social media.

This video by Abubakar Shekau admitting that Boko Haram had abducted these girls immediately elicited a response from Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters which said, “This video is being taken seriously and we will bring back our girls.” However, DHQ maintains that the video by Boko Haram leader will not affect the ongoing search for the  200 female students.

John Kerry, US Secretary of States, Promised on Saturday night that the US would do all that it can to help Nigeria deal with Boko Haram and bring back the 200 Chibok female students.

Meanwhile, groups yesterday held protests in major cities across Nigeria to prompt the government to speed up the operation to rescue the girls. Students and Youths from Borno state led by Miss Fatima Zanna Maliki and Comrade Yusuf Tom have given the government forty days commencing from the date of the abduction of the girls in Chibok, and which will elapse on 24th May 2014. If by this date the girls will not have been released, they have threatened to mobilize students nationwide and gather at Ramat Square, where they hope to go on hunger strike until the government utilizes its full resources towards freeing of these girls. The students have asked the government to scale up its efforts towards bring back our girls mission.

But who are the girls who were abducted?

The CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) has given the names of 180 girls who were abducted. According to them, the list of 180 names represents all schoolgirls who were abducted from their WAEC Exam Centre in Government Girls College, in April 2014.

Based on insinuations given by CAN, the girls were targeted due to the high number of Christian students in the institution. With the rising social media and international pressure, government and key forces are working to ensure that the girls are secured as soon as possible. Below is a detailed list of all the girls that were abducted as given by CAN:

Chibok Schoolgirls that were abducted (CAN list)

Christian Students
1 Deborah Abge
2. Awa Abge
3. Hauwa Yirma
4. Asabe Manu
5. Mwa Malam pogu
6. Patiant Dzakwa
7. Saraya Mal. Stover
8. Mary Dauda
9. Gloria Mainta
10. Hanatu Ishaku
11. Gloria Dama
12. Tabitha Pogu
13. Maifa Dama
14. Ruth Kollo
15. Esther Usman
16 Awa James
17 Anthonia Yahonna
18 Kume Mutah
19 Aisha Ezekial
20 Nguba Buba
21 Kwanta Simon
22 Kummai Aboku
23 Esther Markus
24 Hana Stephen
25. Rifkatu Amos
26 Rebecca Mallum
27.Blessing Abana
28. Ladi Wadai
29. Tabitha Hyelampa
30 Ruth Ngladar
31 Safiya Abdu
32 Na’omi Yahonna
33 Solomi Titus
34 Rhoda John
35 Rebecca Kabu
36. Christy Yahi
37. Rebecca Luka
38. Laraba John
39 Saratu Markus
40. Mary Usman
41 Debora Yahonna
42.Naomi Zakaria
43 Hanatu Musa
44. Hauwa Tella
45.Juliana Yakubu
46. Suzana Yakubu
47.Saraya Paul
48. Jummai Paul
49. Mary Sule
50. Jummai John
51.Yanke Shittima
52. Muli Waligam
53. Fatima Tabji
54. Eli Joseph
55.Saratu Emmanuel.
56. Deborah Peter
57.Rahila Bitrus
58. Luggwa Sanda
59. Kauna Lalai
60. Lydia Emmar
61.Laraba Maman
62.Hauwa Isuwa
63. Confort Habila
64. Hauwa Abdu
65. Hauwa Balti
66.Yana Joshua
67.Laraba Paul
68.Saraya Amos.
69. Glory Yaga.
70. Na’omi Bitrus.
71. Godiya Bitrus.
72. Awa Bitrus.
73. Na’omi Luka.
74. Maryamu Lawan.
75. Tabitha Silas.
76. Mary Yahona.
77. Ladi Joel.
78. Rejoice Sanki.
79. Luggwa Samuel.
80.Comfort Amos.
81. Saraya Samuel.
82. Sicker Abdul.
83.Talata Daniel.
84. Rejoice Musa.
85Deborah Abari.
86. Salomi Pogu.
87.Mary Amor.
88. Ruth Joshua.
89Esther John.
90. Esther Ayuba.
91. Maryamu Yakubu.
91. Zara Ishaku.
93. Maryamu Wavi
94. Lydia Habila.
95. Laraba Yahonna.
96. Na’omi Bitrus.
97.Rahila Yahanna.
98. Ruth Lawan.
99. Ladi Paul.
100 Mary Paul.
101. Esther Joshua.
102. Helen Musa.
103. Margret Watsai.
104. Deborah Jafaru.
105. Filo Dauda.
106. Febi Haruna.
107.Ruth Ishaku.
108.Racheal Nkeki.
109. Rifkatu Soloman.
110.Mairama yahaya.
111.Saratu Dauda.
112.Jinkai Yama.
113.Margret Shettima.
114.Yana yidau.
115. Grace Paul.
116. Amina Ali.
117. Palmata Musa
118. Awagana Musa
119. Pindar Nuhu
120.Yana Pogu.
121. Saraya Musa
122. Hauwa Joseph.
123. Hauwa kwakwi.
125. Hauwa Musa.
126. Maryamu Musa.
127. Maimuna Usman.
128. Rebeca Joseph.
129.Liyatu Habitu.
130. Rifkatu Yakubu.
131. Naomi Philimon.
132.Deborah Abbas.
133. Ladi Ibrahim.
134. Asabe Ali
135. Maryamu Bulama.
136.Ruth Amos.
137.Mary Ali
138. Abigail Bukar
139 Deborah Amos
140. Saraya Yanga
141. Kauna Luka
142. Christiana Bitrus
143.Yana Bukar
144. Hauwa peter
145.Hadiza Yakubu.
146.Lydia Simon
147. Ruth Bitrus .
148.Mary Yakubu
149.Lugwa Mutah.
150 Muwa Daniel.
151 Hanatu Nuhu
152. Monica Enoch
153. Margret Yama
154. Docas Yakubu
155. Rhoda Peter
156. Rifkatu Galang
157. Saratu Ayuba
158. Naomi Adamu
159. Hauwa Ishaya
160. Rahap Ibrahim
162. Deborah Soloman
163 Hauwa Mutah
164. Hauwa Takai
165. Serah Samuel

Muslim Girls
166. Aishatu Musa
167. Aishatu Grema
168. Hauwa Nkeki
169. Hamsatu Abubakar
170.Mairama Abubakar
171 Hauwa Wule
172. Ihyi Abdu
173. Hasana Adamu
174. Rakiya Kwamtah
175 Halima Gamba
176. Aisha Lawan
177. Kabu Malla
178. Yayi Abana
179. Falta Lawan
180. Kwadugu Manu


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