Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ban On #BringBackOurGirls Protest: We Shall Be In Court Today- Abuja Family

Below is a press statement from them;

We are members of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family, a citizens movement advocating for the speedy rescue of the over 200 girls abducted from Chibok Secondary School, Borno state. Ours has been a single-issue campaign for the safe return of the abducted girls. In the last 34 days we have done so through peaceful daily sit-outs, and some marches to key governmental actors urging them to act swiftly to rescue the girls from the terrorists.

Earlier today we received with shock the statement credited to the FCT Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu that "...All Protests on the Chibok Girls is hereby banned with immediate effect…"


We wish to remind the Commissioner of Police Mbu that he cannot take any action that violates our Constitutionally guaranteed rights as citizens, particularly our rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, amongst others as enshrined in Chapter Four (Section 40) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).

We are puzzled about the inconsistencies in the communication emanating from the Nigerian Police. We recall that on 12th May, 2014, the Nigeria Police Force on its website published a news item with the title: "Police Not Against Peaceful Assemblies" in which the Inspector-General of Police, M.D. Abubakar restated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to the protection and enforcement of the fundamental rights of citizens.

Over the last 34 days, we have been widely acknowledged, including by the Police and the Federal Government delegation, which represented President Jonathan at one of our meetings for the peaceful, disciplined, and decorous manner we have always conducted the activities of our movement. In consonance with our approach, we shall tomorrow be in court with our lawyers, Femi Falana SAN to file a suit challenging this purported ban by C.P. Mbu.

In the interim, we shall not hold our sit-out today 3rd June, because we shall be accompanying our lawyers to the Court where we hope to obtain an immediate restraint on this unconstitutional, undemocratic and repressive act. Our Movement is legitimate and lawful and cannot be arrested by the police whose responsibility is to enforce, not betray the law.

We, the members of the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family, remain   resolute and will persist in using all lawful means to sustain our peaceful advocacy for the safe rescue of the Chibok Girls. We therefore encourage all those in Nigeria and other Nations that have similarly taken a stand for the cause of the girls to continue to do so with the clarion call: BRING BACK OUR GIRLS, NOW AND ALIVE!!!

Signed

Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala Usman


For the #BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family

7 comments:

  1. Enough of that pls, prayer would work more than protest.

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  2. Obyyyyyy, ga zue ike!!! Be doing the protest via Twitter and Other social media and then you can do a physical protest once a week to remind the world that the girls are still missing.Not going to sit down everyday at a spot. You a doing as if you are Jobless. I appreciate your effort and your campaign has attracted International community to come to our aid. Allow them to do their work.Even CNN is tired of the whole saga. Dont allow hoodlums to hijack the protest and turn it into an avenue to campaign for political appointments. The protest has lost it's credibilty. I m losing the respect i have for you already. I pray for safe return of the girls. CV

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    1. Oby is looking for relevance. she is done considering that the protest itself is a great security threat to the Country. are you that jobless Oby? biko chipu commot for here. later they will say Govt didnt protect u, you have been told to quit but next thing u say is court

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  3. The protests can continue on twitter and facebook

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    1. thank you. or in Borno..abi cars dont go to maidugri again?

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  4. good move file a suit..kapish better still as a deaconess start praying oh have lost hope in Man only God can do it,Madam Madam Biko ejor no get hpb oh except there is something else you are fighting apart from the swift release of our daughters you don dey cry more than the bereaved this wont fecth you any appointment in 2015 on hian!

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  5. Nigerian Government should do something to get these girls released. If the protests aren't working, social media should be used as a constant reminder that there are 234 girls ( Sorry if I got the number wrong) , whose families are missing dearly. Let's keep up the momentum without further violence, self-gain or ulterior motives. Thank you.

    To those who come onto this site to vent, do it in a classy way. There's no point expressing a disagreement like a GUTTER person. Leave that behind at the other site where it belongs, that's the hangout for such trolls. The owner of that site doesn't mind at all since every hit is another ker-ching cash roll for her designer loving frenzy and her alleged foul-mouthed sister. So, let's keep things nice and always tongue-in-cheek and Fun, not a war zone. Peace x

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