MASS RALLY TO MARK 100 DAYS OF CHIBOK ABDUCTION IN LAGOS
July 22, 2014 – Parents of the abducted Chibok girls and those who escaped from the hands of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram in Chibok were on Tuesday flown from Yola , aboard a chattered flight to Abuja, capital of Nigeria where they met for the first time with President Goodluck Jonathan exactly 100 days since the incident took place.
The President was scheduled to meet with some of the girls last week based on request by the Pakistani compulsory education for the girl child campaigner, Malala Yusafzai but was called off following allegations that the Dr. Oby Ezekwesili-led #Bring Our Girls Group prevailed on the select girls in company of Malala not to meet with the President.
About 150 people are said to have attended the closed door meeting which had governors of Bauchi, Mr. Isa Yuguda, that of Borno Alhaji Kashim Shettima and service chiefs in attendant.
Addressing correspondent after the meeting, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Ruben Abati said the President assured the parents of his determination to secure release of the girls.
AP reported that the parents of 11 of the girls have died since the girls were abducted 100 days ago.
Jonathan met with the girls just as civil society is planning a massive rally in Lagos to mark 100 days since the girls were held in captivity by Boko Haram. Over 200 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from state owned Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok while they were preparing in group to write the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Edited by Emmanuel Thomas