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#BringBackOurGirls: Protests to be Staged at Abuja Presidential Villa

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Women react during a protest demanding security forces to search harder for 200 abducted schoolgirls, outside Nigeria's parliament in Abuja

Some #BringBackOurGirls protesters are marching to the Presidential Villa in Abuja today, Thursday the 22nd of May, to stage peaceful protests to demand the rescue of the over 200 abducted by Boko Haram.

Coordinator of the protests, Hadiza Bala Usman, made the announcement via a press release obtained by Sahara ReportersHere are some excerpts from the release:

The #BringBackOurGirls Team in Nigeria will embark on a Protest March to the Presidential Villa, in Aso Rock.

This is in continuation of our citizens’ engagement over the need for the authorities concerned to take the lead in rescuing our over 200 schoolgirls still in custody of Boko Haram.

Therefore, as the President, and Chief Security Officer of the country, this movement deemed it necessary to take its cry and demand to His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan.

Those intended to participate in the protest are to convene by 2:30pm at the usual venue of the #BringBackOurGirls village square meetings, at Unity Fountain. It is adjacent to theTranscorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama, from where the march will commence at 3:00 pm on Thursday.

The Thursday peaceful demonstration is a sequel to similar such engagements, such as those we’ve had with the National Assembly, the National Security Adviser, and the Defense Headquarters, and the Borno State Governor.

Leaders of this movement have also had a fruitful exchange with the National Security Adviser.

It is the wish of this movement that this engagement will catalyze positive actiontowards quick rescue of our abducted girls.

Members of the public who share the passion and mission of this movement are
hereby invited to join the march.

Signed
Hadiza Bala Usman
Coordinator

Photo Credit: www.pri.org

 

7 Comments

  1. Confuzzled

    May 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This is fantastic. Wish I could be there. Before anyone comes to question why this is necessary, for your edification I will leave a comment I made on a different post. Should help put things in perspective:

    God didn’t give us brains, hands and feet for nothing. We can and should take action when we can.

    Believe it or not if it wasn’t for protests like this, the girls would be a forgotten issue by now. Now there is global pressure on our leaders to act, and we have help from outside. We are even finally cooperating with neighboring countries to solve the issue of BH. You really have to commend everyone (and I am proud to be one of them) that took to the streets to speak out on this issue. If you’re hellbent on staying on your knees without taking any other form of action, that’s fine. But don’t discourage or attempt to dissuade those that have taken other actions.

    The young guy that got arrested by SS because he tweeted pics of the army quelling a BH attack, how do you think people even found out he was arrested without charge? It was a simple twitter campaign and protests in Nigeria that led to his release. This stuff works.

    By any means necessary. That should be our mantra. Those that want to pray, do so. Those that want to protest, keep on protesting. Those that want to do both, kudos. That is the way we should be viewing this issue.

    I really hope this proactive nature lasts till elections. Staying at home and praying for good leaders is not the way great democracies are built.

  2. Ndubuisi

    May 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Democracy is at work in Nigeria it might not be completely perfect but it’s working. if this was 20 years ago who will allow you to even think of protesting in the presidential villa. it will never happen.

  3. Gorgeous

    May 22, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    LMFAO. The president sef is demonstrating against boko haram. Come on, its obvious this is their own sponsored protest. They will never let any radical group protest close to the villa and not arrest all of them. Except they paid the group of course. Hehehe. Nigeria, a country of dramatic and epic tragedy. We fool ourselves so much. From president to baby…

    • Confuzzled

      May 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Is this wild conjecture or do you have any proof? Inquiring minds, etc etc…

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      I have to confess that the mere fact of the denizens of Aso Rock allowing the “staged” protest reach their front gates and remain there unhindered, has led to my belief in the same conjecture…

    • BubblyBliss

      May 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Please before you speak be well informed. It is not that difficult to get to the gates of the villa. I know people that were a part of the protesters that went to the villa. Of course the were not let in and no one attended to them but it caught the attention of the media and their voices were heard loud and clear as their bums burned from sitting on the hot coal tar (lol, my aunty that protested that day actually said this).

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    May 23, 2014 at 3:43 am

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