Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Unlawful Attack Of The #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family By Sponsored Thugs

You read the summary of some of the protesters in the immediate post below. But the group just sent in a press release narrating what happened today, and how they plan to continue.

Following our march to meet with President Jonathan, during which he was represented by a delegation, led by the Secretary to the Government, a speech was read on his behalf advising our movement #BringBackOurGirls, Abuja Family: “...that protests should be directed at the terrorists…”.


Last Monday 26th May, being the 27th day of our daily gathering at the Unity Fountain and the 42nd day since the abduction day of our girls, we observed a large contingent of a new group that arrived in over 30 Federal Government SURE P Buses with a message that aligned with what we had been told during our meeting with the Federal Government delegation.

Understanding fully the constitutional guarantee of every citizens’ right to their expression and to peaceful gathering, we continued with our own meeting in a new location, having lost our usual spot to the new group.  Regrettably, we then witnessed patterns of escalating aggression toward our group by this new group.

In our bid at stemming any further aggravation, we wrote a Letter of Complaint dated 28th May to the Inspector General of Police and the FCT Commissioner of Police which was duly  received by their respective offices. In our letter, attached to this Statement, we reminded the Nigerian Police that we have been a group, which has conducted itself with utmost civility in the course of our campaign for the abducted Chibok girls.  We asked the Nigerian Police Force to be available to reprimand the aggressive group and remind them of the need to conduct themselves similarly and to desist from any form of confrontation to our group.

Unfortunately, what we feared would happen unfolded, and tragically with officers of the Nigerian Police Force looking on, thugs, hooligans, miscreants dressed in the red, yellow, and white t-shirts with the inscription: #ReleaseOurGirls Boko Haram” burst upon our group breaking chairs, and bottles on the heads of members of #BringBackOurGirls, Abuja, many of the women broke down. They snatched phones and handbags of ladies in our group and also attacked the local and international media correspondents, confiscating and breaking their cameras. The police, at a point, arrested two of the ringleaders, but before our very eyes, released them barely 10 minutes after.

By this Statement, we are calling the attention of the President, the Federal Government and the international community to the descent to anarchy against our group, which simply emerged as a women-led civil society group driven by a response to the plight of the abducted Chibok girls and their families.

We know that this is a violation of our fundamental right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association, but we remain resolute in standing with the Chibok girls. We invite every Nigerian with goodwill towards the abducted girls to our daily events. Tomorrow, we shall stand in solidarity with them through a National Symposium, which will be holding at Thisday Dome, with live broadcast on Channels TV.  We shall return to the Unity Fountain on Friday, May 31, 2014 and will continue with our daily advocacy. We shall continue to demand that those with the responsibility to protect our lives and our welfare, to BringBackOurGirls.

Signed:

Hadiza Bala Usman
Obiageli Ezekwesili

For Media inquiries, Contact:
Rotimi Olawale

media@bringbackourgirls.ng

21 comments:

  1. May God be their strength

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  2. If I were in abuja I would have joined them

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  3. Is it all about protest, what about wise suggestion or idea as to how to bring back the girls bcos to me u r just making publicity. Just like the president said direct ur protest to bh n stop causing un necessary tention@ Oby Okweshili. Must the protest be every day or has it become ur new means of lively hood now?

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  4. Every Issue In Nigeria Is Politicise,,,,Boko haram are the enemies we have,,, peaceful demonstration is not our problem...Most guys you see moving around are Dead Beasts,,, they will kill their own mother for ransom... May GOD save HIS Own....

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  5. The government arranged the thugs. They are obviously embarassed by the protest. Shame on the presidency. Your yansh don open.

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  6. Seems our dear country's slide into anarchy and chaos is becoming steadier . God help , guide and protect Nigeria

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  7. Oh dear.....this always has a drama associated with it.....**rolls eyes**

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  8. The protest don too much,the govt haf hear, before u know those leading the protest will be given govt post, and then they will abandon their fellow protesters..it haff do...please oo allow the international community and military to do their work

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  9. I am not in anyway against the protest, but how can you say you are protesting everyday by gathering and sitting somewhere waiting for the girls. What the government needs are ideas not protests

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  10. Enough of the daily protests. Better to organize strategic visits to strategic places to discuss way forward instead of going to sit at unity fountain everyday. The purpose of that had been achieved. Time to move to d next level. I just see people trying to milk this situation

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  11. Shame on the sponsors of this other group.
    Shame on those who availed themselves to be used to extend injustice towards the missing girls.
    Shame on the FG especially Labran Maku for saying that the campaign has been hijacked by APC, for i remember vividly how Isha Sessay made you look like a little frightened boy in front of a global audience.
    Joseph Mbu we can see your hand work.
    GEJ abeg triple your efforts 6weeks in the forest isnt a walk in the park.
    Enough said over and out

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  12. Oby is a great woman

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  13. #Bring back our girls#

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  14. Enough of this protest and look for better solution

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  15. It's sad that people are making mockery of Aunty Oby and others who stay in the sun and rain protesting the evil in our land. We Nigerians are truly a funny bunch and love to forget. Have we forgotten so soon that this same Boko Haram have killed males students a number of times? Have we forgotten that every time they attack a village or market, or school in the North, people including men, women and children die? Has the government ever prosecuted any of the arrested masterminds? Don't we wait and wait, then give up and continue trying to survive, before another bomb goes off?

    The protests are a way of reminding the government that we will not stop asking for justice and improved security. Those ladies and men who are sacrificing their time, comfort and resources to ensure that we and are children are safe, should be commended, not abused. If you cannot join them, pray for them. Why would you mistrust them simply because the govt. which is highly unreliable and unconcerned about us, says so?

    Please dear Nigerians, wake up, shake off the "Battered person/Stockholm syndrome. We deserve better. Do not let your loyalty be misplaced. Call evil, evil regardless of who is perpetrating it. May God give us wisdom.

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  16. Drama in Naija

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  17. It is a shame!!! So, FG is now hiring thugs. Oh! Some people are just shameless; if their sisters or daughters are in d bush with d beasts called Boko Haram, will they say enough of d protest? Remember, if ur man is in govt today, he can't be there foreever ooo. Rubbish!!

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  18. hired boko haram idiots claiming to be protesting

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