—-Half of 219 Abducted Chibok Girls Held in Chad
The Abuja BringBackOurGirls family, at the weekend, in Abuja staged a protest to the Chadian Embassy in continuation of the movement’s long drawn advocacy to seek for the rescue of the 219 Chibok girls still in Boko Haram custody.
In a joint statement by the coordinators of the movement Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Hadiza Bala Usman, Maryam Uwais and Saudatu Mahdi, the group expressed dissatisfaction with “the response of the Ambassador of Chad to crucial questions bordering on the status of the negotiations to release the Chibok girls, purportedly brokered by the Chadian Government, including the whereabouts of the girls and various media reports suggesting that some of the girls might actually be in Chad, the BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family, has resolved to write to the President of Chad, H.E. President Idriss Deby, through the Embassy of Chad in Nigeria, in order to ascertain responses to the sundry questions that remain unanswered”.
The statement added: “ As ECOWAS Citizens, we rely on the provisions of the ECOWAS treaty particularly Chapter 10, Article 58: 1 which states ‘Member States undertake to work to safeguard and consolidate relations conducive
to the maintenance of peace, stability and security within the region’ and Chapter 11, Article 63: 1 ‘Member States undertake to formulate, harmonise, co-ordinate and establish appropriate policies and mechanisms, for enhancement of the economic, social and cultural conditions of women.
“These provisions in the ECOWAS treaty strengthen our believe that our neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger, Benin owe our Chibok Girls an obligation to fully collaborate with our Government in their rescue activities
“The Abuja BringBackOurGirls Family is determined to continue to mount pressure on the Nigerian Government and other relevant stakeholders to prioritise the rescue of the 219 Chibok girls, as well as all other Nigerians abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents.
“The Abuja Family also intends to take all legitimate steps, within their capacity, to bring to an end the ongoing insurgency, which has claimed numerous lives and disrupted societal cohesion, especially in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
They vowed to continue with the campign, adding: “We shall not cease to mobilize our citizens to compel the FG to take adequate steps to end the ongoing insurgency, which has claimed numerous lives and disrupted societal cohesion in Nigeria, especially the North East”.
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