Chibok Girls: Religious Leaders’ Silence Unacceptable – Clergyman

In ‎continuation with the one year commemoration of the abduction of the Chibok school girls, the senior pastor of the Strong House Church, Polycarp Gbaje has described as unacceptable the continuous silence and negligence of the religious leaders in the campaign for the rescue of the remaining 219 Chibok girls, who are still in the hands of their abducted.

Speaking at a special prayer sit-out held at the unity fountain for the safety return of the Chibok girls and every other ‎person affected by the insurgency across the country, pastor Gbaje said it has come to a point where the Churches and mosques ‎must speak up for its citizens as the suffering of the masses are becoming unbearable.

“It is time to not pull back or draw back, rather, it is a time to speak-out. We ought to keep speaking up until we have all we are demanding.

‎”The government is expected to not only bring back these girls, but also protect the others, who are continuously attacked, harassed and mimed by the Boko Haram insurgents,” pastor Gbaje noted.

He however, urged the #BringBackOurGirls group to work continuously in hope that these girls, wherever they are, will be returned in due time; noting that it is only the group the country would be reminded that these girls are still in the hands of their abductors.

Earlier while speaking at a press briefing to mark the one week countdown, one of the leaders of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili had stated that the church service will also be held to pray for the parents of the Chibok girls, other victims of the insurgency, the Northeast and the nation.

Recall that on Friday, special Jumat prayers were also offered in mosques for the Chibok girls to come back safely to their families and for peace to be restored in the Northeast, while the group also organised a protest march as parts of its one Week Global Action events aimed at commemorating the one year the Chibok girls were abduction from their school in Borno State.

Ezekwesili who led the group, had stated that the protest was to remind the government and the Nigerians that 219 Chibok were still in the hands of their captors even as the days are rounding up to a year when the incident occurred. 

She also urged school girls who want to be the #ChibokGirls Ambassadors, from ages ten to eighteen to register so that they could stand and march for the missing Chibok schoolgirls come 14 April. 

‎Meanwhile, the BBOG group is set to hold a silent protest at the unity fountain today in continuation of the programme to mark the one year anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls.

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