Activists of the Bring Back Our Girls movement commemorated the fifth year anniversary of the abduction of scores of school girls by Boko Haram in April 2014.
The events that happened include a march through the commercial capital of Lagos on Friday (April 11). The third edition of the commemoration lecture also took place at the usual sit-in venue, the Unity Fountain in Abuja.
This year’s lecture is under the theme: “The agony of Chibok girls: Shame of a nation.” It is to be delivered by two young women. The main speaker is Aisha Abubakar with a special message to be delivered by Aliyyah Yesufu.
This year, the activists are pushing for the rescue of 112 remaining girls out of the 276 schoolgirls abducted five years ago.
They are also demanding rescue of two others: of Leah Sharibu, the Christian girl Boko Haram refused to release as part of the Dapchi abduction in 2018 and Alice Ngaddah, a UNICEF worker.
The mass abduction in 2014, the most infamous action of Boko Haram’s insurgency sparked a global outcry and the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign.
So far 107 of the girls have been found or rescued by the Nigerian military, or freed in negotiations between the government and Boko Haram.