How much longer the pain? – #3YearsTooLong: No more excuses 

How much longer the pain? – #3YearsTooLong: No more excuses 

#BringBackOurGirls Statement

My daughter said to me she will go to school to become educated so that I care of me, is it in Boko Haram’s captivity she will take care of me?’ asked Esther Yakubu mother of Dorcas Yakubu one among of missing #ChibokGirls.

Today marks 3  years, that is 1096 days since 276 schoolgirls were taken from their school, Government Secondary School, Chibok on the night of 14 April 2014; 57 escaped, 24 returned after 2 years. Today, 195 of our of Chibok girls are still captives of terrorists to the utter shame of our country. And this, under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch for 681 days of the 3 years.

President Muhammadu Buhari has not only so far failed our #ChibokGirls, he has failed to honour his word and commitment during his inauguration address on May 29, 2015 wherein he said ‘But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents. This government will do all it can to rescue them alive.’ He has also failed to honour the pledge he made to the parents, the Chibok community, and our movement when we met 5 weeks after his inauguration as president.

Very sadly, 7 months after that meeting, the president and his administration changed the benchmark when they began to declare ‘technical defeat’ in December 2015 without our Chibok girls.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government have no choice but to bring back our 195 Chibok girls. Would our Chibok girls and their parents be treated with such emotional detachment and lack of fierce urgency to end their tragedy if they were the daughters of the high and mighty.

On this tragic third commemoration of their abduction, we declare again:

#3YearsTooLong
#NoMoreExcuses

‘MR PRESIDENT, NO MORE EXCUSES!’
‘MR PRESIDENT, NO MORE DELAYS!!’
‘MR PRESIDENT, DECIDE NOW!!!’
‘MR PRESIDENT, ACT NOW, WE WANT RESULTS!!!’

1. Start with fulfilling the promise publicly made by the presidency to return 83 Chibok girls ‘soon’. ‘Soon’ is today.
2. Implement every point in the BBOG ABC of Demand which the president publicly committed to during our July 2015 meeting. (See appendix)
3. Be transparent in communicating the rehabilitation, reintegration, and resettlement programme for the 24 Chibok girls who are back to demonstrate adequacy and effectiveness of the exercise.

It is not an honour, it is not a privilege, and it is not a favour, to bring back our Chibok girls. It is their right as citizens and the constitutional responsibility of President Muhammadu Buhari which he swore to an oath to fulfil. The only crime of our Chibok girls is seems to be that they are daughters from poor homes, and therefore can be neglected and forgotten. When did it become a seek for the poor to seek education for their children? We say NO, and that is why we will continue to stand until all our girls are back and/or accounted for.
OUR GIRLS MUST BE BROUGHT BACK! We will not relent, we will never waver.

Signed:
For and on behalf of #BringBackOurGirls

AISHA YESUFU
OBY EZEKWESILI
Appendix:

ABC OF OUR DEMAND TO THE PRESIDENT AT OUR MEETING JULY 8TH 2015

1. The Federal Government should spare no resources in urgently rescuing our 219 ChibokGirls as promised by the President and the National Security Adviser of the President at various times.
Our Federal Government has the constitutional duty to give justice to our #ChibokGirls by
ensuring their immediate rescue. The rescue of OUR #ChibokGirls will amount to the strongest
statement that our Government has respect for the “Sanctity and Dignity of Every Nigerian Life.

2. An apology for the failure of governance that led to the abduction.

3. An apology for the failure of governance that caused failure to rescue our girls for over 400
days.
4. Strategies for curbing the emergence, and growth of curious sects.

5. Immediately set up a structured feedback and communication system that is composed of the
Federal and Borno State Governments through designated security and ministerial authorities,
the parents of the abducted girls. the Chibok (KADA) community, and citizens, through the
#BringBackOurGirls group. The feedback mechanism is so the Parents and the public can have
regular updates on efforts to rescue our 219 #ChibokGirls.

6. We as a movement have designed a global best practice system of Verification, Authentication
and Reunification System (VARS) for abducted citizens who are rescued. The VARS is holistic for
Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Resettlement of victims of abduction and can immediately be
adopted by our Federal Government. To implement such a systemic approach of authentication
we recommend that the Federal Government inaugurates a team comprising: The National
Security Adviser, Leaders of the Counter Insurgency Task Force, the Department of State
Security on one hand; and State Governments of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, aided and
supported by Local Authorities and Traditional Leaders, on the other hand and the
representatives of abduction victims on the other hand. The Team should be tasked with
credible implementation of the VARS. The primary task of the Team shall be to work with every
abducted victim’s family and community to accurately ascertain the true identity of every such
individuals and following their accurate identification to make available the comprehensive
program for Recovery, Rehabilitation Resettlement and Reintegration to the rescued citizens.
We advise that this system should be adopted for the 200 girls and 93 women rescued on the
28th April 2015. The rehabilitation, resettlement and reintegration following their
authentication should be implemented by both the Borno State Government and the Federal
Government that make up the VARS Team and supported by development partners, NGOs and
public-spirited Nigerians. Our movement, #BringBackOurGirls, stands ready to support this
initiative. Furthermore, grant access for #BBOG to Chibok girls when rescued; thereby accepting
our offer to support re-unification of rescued Chibok girls with their families as well their
rehabilitation and reintegration.

7. That the Federal Government will immediately set up a Commission of Inquiry for
Accountability on Abduction and Rescue of OUR #ChibokGirls. The Commission should be
charged with the task of transparently investigating and reporting on the security lapses that
caused their successful abduction and the operational leadership failures that led to their long
captivity in terrorist enclave.

8. That all Nigerians will join our #BringBackOurGirls movement to continue to advocate for our
219 #ChibokGirls until they are rescued and be prepared to embrace and welcome our Girls
back home. That all Nigerians will join us demanding for the rescue of all other abducted
citizens of our nation and their authentication and rehabilitation.

9. Immediately set up a Missing Persons Bureau.

10. Formally re-affirm the legitimacy and relevance of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign as a purely
citizen contribution.

11. Note, adopt and utilize BBOG Citizens’ Solution document to counter insurgency efforts.

12. Note and adopt the #BringBackOurGirls Accountability Matrix with protocol, timelines and
milestones to assist improve communication and synergy between all security structures and
citizens.

13. Consider the need for Community/Proximity Policing.