The #BringBackOurGirls group has called for the intervention of the United Nations’ Secretary General Ban ki-Moon in the rescue of the Chibok school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect last year.
Speaking during the group’s Special Christian prayer session as part of its Global Week of Action activities to commemorate the Day 500 that the Chibok girls were abducted, one of its leaders, Dr Oby Ezekwesili said that it hopes that the visit of the UN secretary general to Nigeria, will consolidate his support for the group’s advocacy.
Ezekwesili also called on the UN to help the country with intelligence gathering which will help to locate the whereabouts of the girls and expressed dismay that even after close to 500 days, there has been no news on the whereabouts of the girls.
“We have maintained contact with the secretary general. He has written letters of solidarity to us and we are hopeful that he will visit us before he leaves. We need a global actor for collaboration to end extremism and violence against women which has also brought about the abduction of the girls.
“We need intelligence gathering to get the whereabouts of the girls. How can 219 girls vanish in this age of technology? There is a way to gather information and we hope that with the UN’s help that will be achieved,” she said.
Leading the prayers during the prayer session, the Senior Pastor, Strong House Church, Abuja, Pastor Polycarp Gbaja prayed for the safe return of the abducted girls and the end of insurgency in the country.
He also prayed for strength for the group to continue with its advocacy for the girls and urged them never to be deterred as they have become a voice for the voiceless in the country.