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The BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, campaign group declared yesterday that it has launched a five-week monitoring initiative known as #BBOGCountDownToMay29, as a vigilance measure that monitors the counter-insurgency/rescue operations promised by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
The pressure group promised to use the period to collate all relevant information as well as organise, analyse and disseminate the most important information.
According to a statement released by the group in Abuja, “#BBOG CountdownToMay29 is therefore a vigilance tool which places a searchlight on the counterin-surgency/rescue operations as conveyed by the NSA. We shall collate all relevant information, organise, analyse and disseminate the most important information over the five-week period leading to the May 29, 2015.
“We therefore wish to notify the Federal Government and the public that #BringBackOurGirls movement has today launched a monitoring initiative to be known as the #BBOGCountDownToMay29.
“Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) had on April 14, which marked the the first year commemoration of the abduction of our girls assured the public in his media briefing that our missing 219 Chibok schoolgirls, and others held by the insurgents will be rescued by our military. He assured that as the military invades Sambisa Forest and conquers Boko Haram, our girls among other victims will be rescued on or before the handover of government to a new administration on May 29.
“The NSA holds one of the most prominent positions in Nigeria’s war against terror. He acts as the President’s coordinator of the inter-agency mechanism to bring together all the operational establishments involved in the counterinsurgency war”.
BBOG noted further, “He therefore has first hand access to sensitive high-level intelligence, briefings and research findings on national security matters. Recognising with profound regret previous assurances from the nation’s military and security leadership, our Movement nonetheless has decided that the NSA could not have made the recent statement without empirical anchors that support his optimism and assurance.
“Over the past one year, our movement has kept faith with hope that our girls will be swiftly rescued. We continue with the strong hope by holding the National Security Advisor to his promise by launching this citizens monitoring tool to enable us to actively follow and track developments as reported by verifiable media sources on the latest rescue mission publicly announced,” it said.
While commending the Kano State government for establishing a Boarding school facility for vulnerable children from Borno State who were orphaned by Boko Haram, the Chibok girls campaigners noted, “Such exemplary gesture by the Governor should be lauded and emulated by other people in our society. Our advocacy is founded on the maxim that “all children are OUR children.” We urge more public spirited individuals and organizations to demonstrate similar kindness to vulnerable people of the North East.
“We wish to see a similar proactive response by the Governor of Borno who has primary responsibility to ensure that out-of-school-children-syndrome does not worsen in his state. We therefore demand that Governor Kashim Shettima immediately makes alternative schooling arrangements for several Borno schoolchildren who have been out of school for more than two years since security deteriorated in his state,” it said.