ICC Note: The group that rallied the globe in support of the girls from Chibok, Nigeria that were kidnapped nearly a year ago has marched to remember that more than 200 are still missing. #BringBackOurGirls demonstrated in Abuja as part of a week-long campaign to redouble awareness about the abducted girls. On April 14, 2014, Islamist militants from Boko Haram attacked a government school in Chibok, Borno state, kidnapping 276 of girls, most of whom are Christians, then promising to force them to convert to Islam and sell them as brides to single fighters. Since then, dozens have escaped, but 219 remain in captivity.
By Chika Mefor and Ejike Ejike
4/10/2015 Abuja, Nigeria (AllAfrica) – The #BringBackOurGirls group has organised a protest as parts of its one Week Global Action events aimed at commemorating the one year the Chibok girls were abducted from their school in Borno State.
The group which started its march at the Unity Fountain walked through the Federal Secretariat to the Police Headquarters and back to the Fountain while distributing its pamphlets, including its Citizens’ Solution to Terrorism, to the public.
Speaking during the event, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, who led the group, stated that the protest was to remind the government and Nigerians that 219 Chibok girls were still in the hands of their captors even as the days are rounding up to a year when the incident occurred.
“Today is the Day 2 of the One Week Global action. We are heading to one year of the abduction. We have continued our sit-out for 345 days. We have been standing. Today is day 360 since their abduction. In five days, it will be 365, one full calender. The theme for our one year commemoration is “365 Days On, Chibok Girls — Never To Be Forgotten” They will never be forgotten.