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  • BBOG: Nigerians must demand their rights from Buhari-Tunde Bakare
  • Founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor
    Tunde Bakare, speaking at a Bring Back
    Our Girls (BBOG) lecture, has called on
    President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver
    on the promises he made to Nigerians in
    2015, insisting that it is constitutionally
    necessary for citizens to demand for their
    rights.
    Bakare also accused the Federal
    Government of failing to appoint women
    into sensitive position of authority,
    advising the President to protect citizens,
    and especially the girl child faced with
    genital mutilation, trafficking and slavery,
    early marriage, unequal access to
    education, economic empowerment, and
    aspirations.
    Bakare, stating this at the 2nd annual
    lecture of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls
    campaign’ themed: ‘Towards a just and
    good society: Renewing our commitment
    to the girl child,’ Saturday in Abuja,
    insisted that, unless the government
    began to prioritize girl child education and
    freedom, the country may not achieve its
    full potential.

    The BBOG is an activist campaign
    founded by former Education Minister, Dr.
    Oby Ezekwesili, demanding the release of
    the remaining 112 girls abducted by terror
    group Boko Haram in Government Girls
    College, Chibok, Borno State four years
    ago.
    Bakare, who was a Vice Presidential
    running mate to President Muhammadu
    Buhari in 2011 under the platform of the
    defunct Action Congress Nigeria (ACN),
    stated that “the fact that the Dapchi
    episode happened four years after the
    Chibok incident and one year to elections,
    just as it was in the Chibok case, is
    evidence of an alarming national malady.
    “There is something wrong when a nation
    is twice bitten yet never shy with respect
    to the safety and security of its girl child.
    “There is something undeniably wrong
    when the girl child repeatedly becomes
    the bargaining instrument in negotiation
    deals between the government and
    terrorists.
    “There is something absolutely wrong
    when the girl child becomes a pawn in a
    political chess game in which the major
    political parties seek to score political
    points.
    “One of the key indicators of stability or
    the lack thereof in a nation is the state of
    its girl child because she is often the
    most vulnerable in a destabilised polity.
    “The problematic issues encountered by
    the girl child in any society are symptoms
    of an underlying malady which must be
    diagnosed.
    “In essence, the brazen assault on the girl
    child in the Nigerian state is a clear
    indication that our nation is sick,” the
    pastor concluded.
    Bakare also spoke on the actions of the
    BBOG campaign, stated that their
    intervention was timely.
    “The right intervention must be guided by
    the realisation that the Bring Back Our
    Girls campaign is symbolic.
    “It is the realisation that the girl child can
    grow to become a strong and
    accomplished woman contributing
    significantly to society.
    In her remarks, co-founder of the group,
    Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, stressed that they
    would not bow to pressure until victory is
    achieved.
    Chairperson of the event, Sen. Naj’atu
    Muhammed, blamed the military for not
    doing enough to see to the rescue of the
    girls.
    She admonished Nigerians to join in the
    campaign to ensure that the abducted
    girls regain their freedom.

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