#BBOG: you have no excuse not to rescue the remaining 195 girls, Alele Williams tells FG

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“In IDP camp near Maiduguri alone, more than 1,500 girls were either pregnant or nursing babies.” — Sanusi

[Abuja]–Professor Grace Alele Williams, One of the key speakers at the annual Inaugural lecture marking the third year commemoration of the abduction of the Chibok Girls, says government had no excuse not to rescue the remaining 195 Chibok girls in captivity, adding the search for the girls has taken too long.

Alele Williams, who was also the Chairperson of the occasion held in Abuja today, April 14, also stressed the need for government to equip the military to rescue the remaining Chibok girls.

The Emir of Kano Mallam Sanusi Lamido, in his speech urged the BBOG movement to broaden their campaign to include all young victims of insurgency in Nigeria, adding that they should endeavour to draw attention of the Federal Government and other stakeholders to the plight of girls and women in the society following activities of Boko Haram terrorists.

The Emir who was represented by his daughter Hajiya Shahida Sanusi, explained that as at today in Dalori II Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp near Maiduguri alone, more than 1,500 girls were either pregnant or nursing babies.

“Our interest should be in bringing back all our girls but after these girls are brought back, we need to ask ourselves as well where are they being brought back to? What kind of society?

“How much better is the normal environment we take for granted than Boko Haram’s camps” he asked.

The traditional ruler stressed the need for the BBOG to shift its focus to the broader social reality of women in Africa, Nigeria and especially the North.

He said, “We all claimed to be horrified by what terrorists have done and we all call this primitive and barbaric but what about the situation where your girls out of schools were forced into marriages against their consent.

“Such girls are often turned into mothers at a young age and exposed them to serious health risks and sometimes inflict beatings and verbal abuse on them”

“It is often not the fault of girls or their parents, what do they do if there are no educational and health system made available for the poor?” he asked

On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostels by members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.

21 girls were released by the sect, 57 escaped, four were found, 19 troubled parents died and 195 girls are still missing.




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