Friday, December 5, 2014 12:46 pm
As a follow-up to the protest staged at the Chadian Embassy Wednesday by campaigners to #bringbackourgirls, the movement has decided to write President Idriss Deby, president of the country.
Deby was involved in an aborted negotiation between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram to free the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram gunmen on 14 April in the Borno town of Chibok. Some of the girls were even said to be located in Chad.
But not satisfied with the response of the Ambassador of Chad to crucial questions bordering on the status of the negotiations to release the Chibok girls, the BringBackOurGirls Abuja Family, has resolved to write to President Idriss Deby.
The letter will be sent through the Embassy of Chad in Nigeria, in order to ascertain responses to the sundry questions that remain unanswered, according to a statement signed by the quartet of Obiageli Ezekwesili, Hadiza Bala Usman, Maryam Uwais and Saudatu Mahdi.
“As ECOWAS Citizens, we rely on the provisions of the ECOWAS treaty particularly Chapter 10, Article 58: 1 which states ‘Member States undertake to work to safeguard and consolidate relations conducive to the maintenance of peace, stability and security within the region’ and Chapter 11, Article 63: 1 ‘Member States undertake to formulate, harmonise, co-ordinate and establish appropriate policies and mechanisms, for enhancement of the economic, social and cultural conditions of women.
” These provisions in the ECOWAS treaty strengthen our believe that our neighboring countries of Chad, Niger, Benin owe our Chibok Girls an obligation to fully collaborate with our Government in their rescue activities.”
“The Abuja BringBackOurGirls Family is determined to continue to mount pressure on the Nigerian Government and other relevant stakeholders to prioritise the rescue of the 219 Chibok girls, as well as all other Nigerians abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents.
“The Abuja Family also intends to take all legitimate steps, within their capacity, to bring to an end the ongoing insurgency, which has claimed numerous lives and disrupted societal cohesion, especially in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
“We shall not cease to mobilize our citizens to compel the FG to take adequate steps to end the ongoing insurgency, which has claimed numerous lives and disrupted societal cohesion in Nigeria, especially the North East”.