- Four of the leaders of the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement have announced to take a leave of leading the group
- This is following the political ambition of the co-founder, Oby Ezekwesili, who also formally announced she was stepping down from leadership of the movement
- The four leaders Aisha Yesufu, Florence Ozor, Maureen Kabrik and Dudu Bakam made the decision in order to support Ezekwesili in her run to be president
Following the political ambition of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) co-founder, Oby Ezekwesili, four movement leaders have announced to take a leave of leading the group.
According to Premium Times, Aisha Yesufu, Florence Ozor, Maureen Kabrik and Dudu Bakam have decided to step down after the emergence of Ezekwesili as the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
In a statement released on Tuesday, October 9, by the key members of the BBOG, the four made the decision in order to support Ezekwesili in her run to be president of Nigeria in 2019. She has also formally announced her step down from leadership of the movement.
The statement said the four women have been at the forefront of the movement since the beginning of the campaign, holding both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Goodluck Jonathan and All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Muhammadu Buhari to account for not rescuing and returning all the 276 girls who were kidnapped in 2014 from Chibok, Borno state.
According to the statement, Ozor said both APC and PDP have failed in their responsibility.
“We have spent the past four years on this journey and we continue to be fired up in ensuring that #NigerianLivesMatter like any across the world. We have confronted #APCPDP governments who have failed in their responsibility to effectively protect lives and property.
Those who thought this was an agenda against the PDP saw clearly that human life knows no party as we continued our advocacy with even more determination after the change of government to the APC in 2015,” she said.
Kabrik in her own words said: “This is a deeply emotional decision for us, when we realised this was a move we had to take, we were saddened for an extended period. We have given our hearts and our souls to ensure that human lives have meaning, and we have formed a family, especially with our very protesters, including at our daily sit outs over the past 1000+ days.”
Bakam further highlighted that “We know how dirty old order politicians play. We are taking this step for the first time in our lives of working actively for a candidate because we think this is the only option we have for our goals of securing lives and property to be achieved.
“These politicians have shown they will not listen until their positions are at risk, and this is what we are going to do now. This cause is dear to our hearts so we will continue to clamour for the calls and continue to join the activities when we can until after the elections. But we will not be leading it so its crucial work can continue unhindered.”
The statement further highlighted that the activism of these women has also supported a broad spectrum of security causes including protests on the Buni Yadi boys, Leah Sharibu, the 48 Potiskum Boys, University of Maiduguri lecturers on NNPC assignment, Lassa Women, Rann Women, IDPs, Missing Gwoza Police Men, the #NationalDayofMourning, and #StopTheKillings – organising civil action after tragedies in Plateau, Yola, Zamfara, Benue and elsewhere.
Members of the movement have included members of political parties and government organs across the country.
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Meanwhile, the group announced its new leaders of the movement to be Yassin (coordinator), Nifemi Onifade (spokesperson) and Gapani Yanga (sit-out coordinator).
Legit.ng previously reported that presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, said former vice president Atiku Abubakar cannot orchestrate the change Nigeria needs to progress.
The convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, speaking during Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, said Abubakar, who won the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not any better than the President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Ezekwesili, Nigeria needs new politics, not Abubakar nor Buhari, who she says belong to old politics. “No, he can’t bring the change we are referring to. That is the old politics. Nigeria is ripe for new politics," Ezekwesili said.
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