Thousands march for kidnapped Nigerian girls
15 January 2016, 10:23
Abuja - Thousands
marched through the streets of the Nigerian capital Abuja on Thursday to demand
that the government intensify its search for 200 girls kidnapped by Islamic
insurgent group Boko Haram.
The girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in town of
Chibok in Bornu State on the night of April 14, 2014 and have not been
The BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) campaign - launched shortly after the abduction -
arranged the march to the presidential villa in response to a statement by
President Muhammadu Buhari at a late December press conference
that there was no credible intelligence to suggest where the girls
are or whether they were still alive.
The protesters, who included parents of the kidnapped school girls, are
due to meet Buhari at the villa.
"A lot of the parents of the girls were affected after President
Muhammadu Buhari's media chat when he said they had no idea of the
whereabouts of the Chibok girls," said Abuja's Chibok
community vice chairman Nkeki Mutah.
Some parents of the girls are so distraught that during Thursday's march
they sat down in the middle of the road, weeping.
Buhari, who was elected last March, has promised to stop Boko Haram, which has
killed thousands in West Africa since 2009 in its quest to establish
a state with its strict interpretation of Islamic law.
Thousands of young women and girls have been captured in past years and in some
cases raped, forcibly married, trained to fight and made to participate in
armed attacks, sometimes on their own towns and villages, according to human
rights group Amnesty International.