Falana Urges Revival of Chibok Girls Rallies, Criticizes Government's Lack of Effort

10 years after Chibok girls' abduction, human rights activists and Christian leaders urge Nigerian govt to intensify efforts to rescue remaining captives. Calls for dedicated task force and sustained public pressure to hold govt accountable.

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Falana Urges Revival of Chibok Girls Rallies, Criticizes Government's Lack of Effort

Falana Urges Revival of Chibok Girls Rallies, Criticizes Government's Lack of Effort

Femi Falana, a prominent human rights lawyer, has called on the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement to revive its rallies and advocacy efforts to secure the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. Falana stated that the BBOG movement should not relent in its efforts to ensure the freedom of the approximately 100 girls still in captivity, as the Nigerian government has a responsibility to secure their safe return.

Falana criticized the government's past actions, including the persecution and disbandment of the advocacy movement under the previous administration, which he believes have hindered the rescue efforts. He expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of civilian recommendations in advising the government on rescuing the girls. Falana called for sustained pressure on the government to fulfill its obligations and prioritize the freedom of the missing girls.

Elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark accused the Tinubu government of not taking serious efforts to rescue the remaining Chibok schoolgirls still held captive by Boko Haram, 10 years after their abduction. He called on President Tinubu to set up a dedicated task force to storm the Sambisa forest and rescue the 89 girls still missing. Clark noted that previous administrations did not treat the Chibok girls' case as a priority.

Christian leaders in Nigeria are appealing to the government to years, intensify, efforts, free, remaining, girls, who remain in captivity 10 years after Boko Haram abducted them. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) reiterates its demand for the government to intensify efforts and take decisive action to rescue the remaining Chibok girls. CAN calls on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government to mobilize resources, engage security agencies, and collaborate with international partners to secure the release of the girls without delay.

Why this matters: The abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014 sparked global outrage and a widespread campaign called "Bring Back Our Girls." However, a decade later, many of the girls remain missing, and their families continue to suffer the trauma of their loss. The Nigerian government's inability to secure the release of all the abducted girls raises questions about its commitment to protecting its citizens and ensuring their fundamental human rights.

As Nigeria marks the 10th anniversary of the Chibok girls' abduction, human rights activists and Christian leaders are urging the government to renew its efforts to locate and rescue the remaining captives. Femi Falana emphasized the importance of continued advocacy and public pressure to hold the government accountable. Chief Edwin Clark called for the immediate formation of a dedicated task force to carry out the rescue mission within a specific time frame. The Christian Association of Nigeria expressed solidarity with the families of the Chibok girls and implored the international community to join in advocating for their release.

Key Takeaways

  • Falana urges BBOG movement to revive rallies to secure release of Chibok girls.
  • Clark calls on Tinubu to set up task force to rescue remaining 89 Chibok girls.
  • Christian leaders demand govt. intensify efforts to free remaining Chibok girls.
  • Abduction sparked global outrage, but many girls remain missing after 10 years.
  • Activists and leaders urge govt. to renew efforts and hold it accountable.