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16 Jan Written by  Maryam Isa

BBOG is a Source of Hope- Soyinka

Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has described the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Campaign as a source of hope for its continued advocacy for the rescue of 219 girls that were abducted in April 2014.

Professor Soyinka made the commenton Wednesdayduring one of the three advocacy visits the BBOG Abuja, Lagos and Ibadan chapters made to him, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Ambassador Christopher Kolade.

The meetings, which held in three separate places in Abeokuta and Lagos, were planned by the BBOG group to put the abduction of the 219 Chibok Girls and other similar abductions in the country on the fore front of national discourse.

"We can never really have closure, because of the weight of guilt we should feel towards the Chibok Girls," he said.

“In this war, the entire nation must be mobilised because we are facing enemies of humanity whose only mission is to destroy,” he added.

 Professor Soyinka compared the situation in Nigeria with America's, stating: “Remember that a white president mobilised the National Guard to escort one small black girl to school in a deeply racist United States. So why can’t we mobilise the army to ensure that no educational institution in Nigeria is closed?”

During the visits, the three elder statesmen all expressed worry at the situations gripping the country such as the insurgency in the North East, the abduction of children, and the increasing number Internally Displaced Persons.

They advised the continuation of the BBOG campaign, the continued mobilization of Nigerians to educate them, and that the group should join hands "with other concerned Nigerians to raise awareness and provide humanitarian support for the displaced communities of North Eastern Nigeria.

Consequently, the elder statesmen agreed to be consistent voices for the Chibok girls and for the communities of North Eastern Nigeria that have been ravaged by the insurgency.

While calling BBOG a source of hope, the elder statesmen lauded the campaign for being a voice of millions.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said there was need for the continued efforts in voicing out the abduction of the girls, because the abduction of the Chibok Girls, according to him, is one of the gravest.

“The reason why we must continue to sing this is because today it is Chibok,tomorrowit could be my village," he said.

The Bring Back Our Girls group in response to the elder statesmen committed itself to making similar advocacy visits to other elder statesmen and women in other regions of Nigeria until they achieve a desired end.

 Ambassador Christopher Kolade said “If Chibok Girls are in captivity, only someone with no imagination can be comfortable.”

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