Six hundred days after the abduction of the 219 Chibok Secondary School girls by the Boko Haram terrorists, the Chibok Girls Ambassadors have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the girls were rescued and united with their families to celebrate this year’s Christmas.
The Chibok Girls Ambassadors comprising of primary and secondary school students as well as relatives of the missing 219 girls made the passionate appeal at the weekend during the Sit-Out of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) held at Unity Fountain Abuja, marking 600 days of the abduction of the girls.
President Buhari had given the military a December deadline to end insurgency in the country and also promised to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls.
Led by 15-year-old Mariam Ahmed, the missing girls’ ambassadors took turn to demand the quick rescue of the girls by the military.
“Six hundred days gone, 219 girls are still missing. When is the president going to bring our sisters back because we need them to celebrate Christmas together,” said Mariam.
For 15-year-old Rhoda Nkeki, who is from Chibok community and whose two cousins are among the abducted girls, President Buhari must intensify efforts at rescuing the girls.
Nkeki stressed that she wants to celebrate Christmas with her sisters.
“My two cousins are among them; we want to celebrate Christmas with our sisters. I’m praying and pleading with President Buhari to ensure that they are rescued before Christmas,” she said
Also, seven-year-old Christabel Papu Ibrahim urged the president to do all he could to secure the release of the girls.
“I want them to release our sisters before Christmas. Help us bring back our sisters please,” Ibrahim said.
Earlier, a leader of the BBOG, Hajia Saudatu Mahdi, had noted that government must strive to provide safe environment for Nigerian children to acquire education, which she described as their fundamental rights.
“We will not stop until government do this. We will not stop demanding and we will continue to demand for their release,” she said.