The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and the security team to begin engagement with United Nations in order to rescue the abducted girls.While briefing the press on the commemoration of the Day 900 of the ChibokGirls’ abduction, the co-coverner the movement, Dr Oby Ezekwesili also urged for engagement with three key countries of the UN Security Council, to execute the lowest risk option for retrieving the girls.
“We demand that the President, the Military and Security Team engages with three key countries of the UN Security Council namely United States, United Kingdom and France. We ask that these three countries of the United Nations Organization began urgent collaboration with the government of Nigeria to execute the lowest risk option for retrieving our #ChibokGirls.
“Our government the primary duty to lead this effort but the world owes Chibok Girls the responsibility of supporting their rescue because our girls are global citizens. We therefore plead with these three countries and the United Nations, as well as and every other country, institutions, groups and individuals with relevant expertise, to offer support necessary to #BringBackOurGirls,” she said.
Ezekwesili however stated that the invitation to the UN to help rescue the girls should in no way signal any attempt to abdicate the core duty that the government owes to Nigerian citizens adding that the principle of social contract places the constitutional obligation to rescue the girls on the federal government.
“On 22 September 2016, at the just concluded UN General Assembly, President Buhari requested the UN to help in negotiations with the terrorists to get our girls back. We however observed from news reports of the meeting that the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, did not respond to this direct request to deploy the UN’s capacity and all its assets to rescue these global citizens.
“Whereas as a movement we welcome the request made to the United Nations especially as we also have continually called on the rest of the world to support our government in its rescue mission, we must reiterate that it is the primary duty of our government to make the decisions and carry out the actions that would lead to their return. Therefore, the invitation to the UN should in no way signal any attempt to abdicate this core duty that our government owes to Nigerian citizens. The principle of social contract places the constitutional obligation to rescue our 218 missing Chibok girls and all other citizens of our country currently in captivity on the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Nevertheless, our movement calls on the United Nations to fully support our Government of Nigeria’s decision to negotiate the release of the 218 #ChibokGirls,” she said.