From Lagos To New York & London, #BringOurGirlsBack Fever Grips The World

As the over 200 female students kidnapped in the Chibok community of Borno State, in the North East of Nigeria still remain missing, the social media campaign to draw attention to the plight of the girls in light of the Federal Government’s seeming inaction, is bearing fruit.

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With the slogan – #BringOurGirlsBack, Nigerian empathizers have finally succeeded in drawing the attention of the world to the ugly incident. International celebrities, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Angelique Kidjo and Mary J. Blige have joined their Nigerian counterparts, Banky W, Waje, Sasha and Lami Phillips amongst, others and together alongside others, they have finally succeeded in drawing the attention of western governments.

After protests in Lagos on May Day, yesterday, Monday 5th May 2014, another rally in Lagos kicked off from the Allen Roundabout and ended at the Lagos State House.
Rights activists, religious leaders, celebrities and community organizers including Lagos civil rights lawyer, Femi Falana and his wife, Funmi, Waje, Omoni Oboli, Banky W, Tiwa Savage, Sasha P, Lami Phillips Yemi Alade and Ms. Yemisi Ransome Kuti joined other well meaning Nigerians in the march.

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A delegate from the Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area, Hajia Moji Dange, said the group was giving the authorities a 14-day ultimatum to secure the release of the girls.

Dange, who spoke in an emotion laden voice, said if nothing was done, the group would march on Aso Rock and “all hell will be let loose.”

The market leader of the Abibatu Mogaji Model Market, Iponri, Alhaja Mulikat Ajaga-Salako, said, “We are ready to go all length to get the girls. We are ready to protest naked if nothing is done to show our seriousness as Nigerian women.”

The same day, Women in Ondo State took to the streets of Akure, the state capital, to protest the delay in rescuing the girls. As they matched on the streets with tears and songs, the women wondered why it would take so long to rescue the girls whose future was being threatened by the insurgents.

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Ondo State Women

Also on Monday, youths and students from Borno State called on counterparts all over the world to stay away from classes in protest. The students were led to the press conference by Fatima Zanna Maliki.

Maliki said it was pertinent that students all over the world joined them in the protest in order to force world leaders to pressurise the Nigerian government to take necessary action that would lead to the release of the girls.

While declaring Wednesday May 7, 2014 as a lecture free and sympathy day worldwide to commiserate with the families of the abducted schoolgirls, Maliki asked President Goodluck Jonathan to stop buck-passing and go about the task of looking for the abducted girls with more fervour. “The abducted students of GSS, Chibok are our sisters and colleagues, after 21 days of their abduction, we don’t know their condition, we don’t know how they are faring, we don’t know if they have eaten this morning, we don’t know their health condition, we don’t know there whereabouts, we don’t know! We don’t know!! We don’t know!!!

“But Almighty God knows where they are, and He has given someone the privilege, the ability, the will, the force and the wherewithal to determine where they are and bring them back safely. That person is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.”

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Students in Calabar

The protest has also moved international, with support rallies being held in the United States, The United Kingdom and various other European countries, leading the American government to issue a statement offering it’s help to the Nigerian government.

In continuance of the international rallies, the Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum, based in New York, will hold a “Bring Chibok Girls Home Rally” today, Tuesday, May 6, in front of Nigeria House.

In a statement, the group’s Executive Director, Bukola Oreofe, said it was unfortunate that thousands of Nigerians have been murdered by the Boko Haram terrorist group while the Nigerian government has shown a lack of capacity and scandalous incompetence.

He stressed that everyone owes the innocent girls the duty to speak up on their behalf and demand that the Nigerian government bring them home immediately.

The International Community Joins The Campaign

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Isha Sesay & Vladimir Duthiers of CNN

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Malala has joined the campaign

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The European student&#39s union

Also on Monday, barely 24hours after President Goodluck Jonathan told the nation that no group had claimed responsibility for the abduction, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the seizure of the girls.

In a video release, the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, threatened to sell off the abducted girls in defiance of international outrage that greeted the kidnapping of the girls from their hostel. (Watch video here)

In the midst of all these however, the President’s wife, Patience, has expressed doubt about the authenticity of the kidnapping.

“We the Nigerian women are saying that no child is missing in Borno State. If any child is missing, let the governor go and look for them. There is nothing we can do again,” Mrs Jonathan told the women who met with her in the Presidential Villa on Monday.

And finally, the northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has released a list of 180 names, claiming that they are some of the abducted girls.

See the list below.

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.
85 Deborah Abari.
86. Salomi Pogu.
87.Mary Amor.
88. Ruth Joshua.
89 Esther 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.
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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