February 14th, Valetine’s Day, would have been Nigeria’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.
It has been 10 months since 279 girls were abducted from their school in Borno State in Nigeria.
And after 10 months of rallies, sit-outs, stakeholder meetings, strategy meetings, prayer meetings, vigils, death of parents, hope rising, and dashed hopes, we are still waiting for the 219 girls’ return.
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On February 25th, it was exactly one year since 59 boys were killed by Boko Haram in their dormitories in Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State.
And the parents of the boys have bitterly complained about the federal government’s neglect: There has been no compassion, no counseling, and the school remains closed.
The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement remembered the Buni Yadi boys at a sit-out last Sunday, Feb 22: Parents were called and reassured that they had not been forgotten and Nigerians are holding them close.
Despite the propaganda and many tales of abuse and insensitivity, the BBOG movement continues to show that we have not lost our humanity and Nigerians — regardless of religion and ethnicity — care about one another.
This is best captured in BBOG’s core values HUMANITEEDS:
H – Hope
U – Unity
M – Motivation
A – Affability
N – Nationalism
I – Integrity
T – Transparency
E – Empathy
E – Equity
D – Discipline
S – Sacrifice
When will we stop?…
When our girls are back and alive!