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Nigerians in London mark anniverasy of Chibok girls abduction


By Habiba Salihu
London – A group of activists in London converged outside the Nigerian High Commission on Tuesday to mark the first year anniversary of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in North-East Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on April 14, 2014, members of the Boko Haram sect abducted 219 school girls from the Chibok Girls Secondary School.

The girls are still not found in spite of government’s effort to locate them.

The development has continued to attract global concern as activists and students from across the UK staged a protest to commemorate the #Bring Back Our Girls campaign.

In an interview with the Europe correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mrs Shola Babalola, conveyor of the protest, called for new strategies in locating the girls.

“Government needs to adopt new strategies in locating the girls.

“We are not only here on the bring back the girls campaign but to highlight the challenges facing Internally Displaced Persons as a fall out of Boko Haram attacks.

“Majority of those displaced are children and these children are out of school. There is need for government to address the issue with urgency,’’ Babalola said.

Similarly, Mrs Lola Bello, Director “Path to Possibilities’’, a charity group, said that it was necessary to remember the girls since they haven’t been found one year after.

She urged the incoming government to prioritise the release of the girls and also ensure that internally displaced persons were well catered for.


“The incoming government has to also prioritise education, Nigeria has 10 million out of school children and that is among the highest in the world,’’ Bello said.

In the same vein, other protesters, who also spoke to NAN, appealed for financial support for families of the missing children.
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They also urged the Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state governments to continue to beef up security in schools and colleges in a bid to forestall subsequent attacks. (NAN)
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