Today, groups of Nigerian women and men gathered together at the Unity Fountain in Abuja clad in red T-Shirt with the inscription #Bringbackourgirls. They were chanting solidarity songs such as “solidarity forever, solidarity forever, we shall always fight for our girls. Intermittently, the lead would scream in a loud voice “What we asking for?” the rest of the women would in turn response with “Bring back our girls”. It was indeed a thought provoking sight with every one present, in a sober mood with candle lit procession, commemorating 365 days of missing Chibok schoolgirls in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
Like a “make believe” drama these young innocent souls were abducted right from their school hostel and exactly a year later nothing what so ever has been heard of their existence, well being and not even their remains. Although there were endless speculations about their whereabouts, some say they had been turned into sex slaves by their abductors (Boko Haram Insurgents), while most people still believe they might have been indoctrinated into becoming female extremists/suicide bomber of some sorts. Nevertheless, no one can say in particular what has become of these young girls after a year. which is why i believe it has become paramount for these groups of activists for commemorate this day. According to the women leader of the BRING BACK OUR GIRLS she affirmed that “we must keep pressing for the return of these young girls, otherwise we have failed them”
Throughout last year, #Bringbackourgirls became powerful trademark on social media, adopted all over the world in fighting for the return of these missing young girls. Many thanks to Mrs Obi Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education who was the first Nigerian to push #Bringbackourgirls on twitter, followed by other activists particularly the gender activists across the world, who strongly believe that young girls and women deserve to be protected.