Matters Arising On The Purported Ceasefire..:#BringBackOurGirls Statement


PRESS STATEMENT, Abuja, October 31, 2014

We wish to express our commiserations with all Nigerians who may have lost dear relations or friends in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State and the neighbouring communities as the towns and villages in the zone came under heavy and horrendous assaults from the Boko Haram insurgents in the last few days.

We are shocked and gravely perturbed that the insurgency seems to be engulfing more cities within the North-East zone even at a time the Federal Government confidently announced a ceasefire in its counter terrorism war.  It is extremely worrisome that the rampaging terrorists are carrying out this carnage in Mubi and other parts of the North East less than two weeks after the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Bardeh, publicly conveyed a stand down instruction to our troops prosecuting the war.

We, like most Nigerians are at a loss on what the latest development means to OUR counter insurgency war and the safety of our citizens and territory. Has the purported ‘ceasefire’ failed, in the assessment of our military and the Federal Government? What explains the gruesome reality that after the “ceasefire” announcement of October 16th, the terrorists have been attacking many more communities, especially in Borno and Adamawa states? How do we explain the escalation in the number of innocent people killed or taken hostage after they had been informed by our Government of a truce and détente?

Our movement is privy to several on-the-scene reports of the bloody and horrendous attacks on Mubi as told by affected persons. For example, the family of two of our abducted #ChibokGirls were involved in an accident earlier today in which two of their daughters sustained injuries while fleeing Mubi. Another case concerns a member of our Movement who has lost contact with about thirty members of his nuclear and extended families that were resident in Mubi. Even more heart wrenching are confirmed reports of Internally Displaced Persons camped in Mubi town who are yet again on the run now, unsure of destinations to find safety.

While we continue to fiercely HOPE, we DEMAND that the Federal Government moves immediately to restore the territorial integrity of Nigeria in the coming days. We also DEMAND that the worsening humanitarian conditions of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) be immediately addressed and their suffering ameliorated. Lastly, we cannot but remind our Federal Government and our President that time is running out fast on the Rescue Plans for our 219 Chibok Girls. Today is DAY 200 since their abduction on April 14th, 2014. Since the confident announcement was made that our Girls would be brought back two weeks ago, a number of their agonizing Parents were hospitalized for hypertension. We must by all means avoid any situation that would be fatal for these long suffering families of our Chibok Girls.

GOD Bless Nigeria.

Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala-Usman

For and on behalf of #BringBackOurGirls

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