Protesters on Thursday took their call for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram to Nigeria’s president, demanding for urgent answers as to the rescue of the school girls one month after.
Demonstrators said they were intending to march on Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential villa in the capital, Abuja, to maintain pressure on the embattled head of state to secure the girls’ safe release.
“It is the wish of this movement that this engagement will catalyse positive action towards (the) quick rescue of our abducted girls,” the #BringBackOurGirls campaign coordinator, Hadiza Bala Usman, said in a statement.
Hadiza added, the march to the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock is in continuation of our citizens’ engagement over the need for the authorities concerned to take the lead in safely 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.”
Protesters convene by 2:30pm at the usual venue of the #BringBackOurGirls village square meetings, Unity Fountain, adjacent to Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Maitama, from where the march will commence at 3:00 pm.
The Thursday peaceful demonstration is sequel to similar such engagements such as those we’ve had with the National Assembly, the National Security Adviser, the Defence Headquarters, and the Borno State Governor.
Previous street protests in Abuja have led to meetings with lawmakers at the national parliament, Nigeria’s national security adviser and military top brass.