#BringBackOurGirls group lashes out at federal government

The group says the Nigerian government so far lacks a coherent response to the matter.

FILE: Members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ movement march to press for the release of the missing schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 from their school in Chibok by Islamist group Boko Haram, during a rally in Abuja in January 2016. Picture: AFP.

ABUJA - The #BringBackOurGirls group has sharply criticized the federal government for failing to secure the release of the Chibok girls.

The advocacy group whose hashtag 'bring back our girls' became a movement all over the world following the abduction of the 218 Chibok schools in 2014, say the Nigerian government so far lacks a coherent response to the matter.

The group's criticism comes just hours after the latest video released by Boko Haram showing some of the girls it is holding.

Oby Ezekweseli is the cofounder of the group and former minister of education in Nigeria.

"I read the statement that was released by the federal government, and I'm wondering how a government could release that kind of statement two years and four months after young women, who went to school, were taken away."

She also alleges that the parents of the girls have not been well by past and present government.

"The contempt with which these parents have been treated since their daughters were abducted, by two successive governments, really makes me mad because it shouldn't be so."

Ezekweseli has told the Nigerian government that it has three choices which among other things include negotiation, using military operation or a combination of both.


Meanwhile, parents of some of the abducted school girls say they feel wounded after watching a video posted by the Islamist militants today, showing their daughters.

In the video, a masked man stands behind a group of the girls, and says some of them have been killed in air strikes.

Many of their parents in the northeastern town of Chibok say they tried to watch the video straight away, but were unable to see it due to the poor internet connection.

Three of the parents drove two hours to the nearby town of Mubi this afternoon, where they used a computer in a church to watch the video, hoping to see their daughters alive.

Boko Haram kidnapped 218 girls from their school in April 2014, as part of a seven-year-old insurgency that's killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than two million.