Protest Over Jonathan’s Silence On Chibok Girls


A civil rights organisation, Citizens Arise Movement of Nigeria, on Wednesday staged a protest at the Eagle Square, Abuja to register its displeasure over the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to make any comment about the Federal Government’s efforts at securing freedom for the over 200 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2014 in their hostels by the members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect. The protesters also added that their decision to mark the Independence Day with a protest was to draw Global attention to maladministration, corruption, insurgency and government’s ineptitude.

“We are here to say that Nigerians are disenchanted and disillusioned about the state of affairs in the country. Nigerians are yearning for good governance. Nigerians are demanding government with Capacity to perform. Nigerians are for a President that will behave like a true Commander of the Armed Forces,” CAMON stated in a statement it distributed during the protest.

The protesters, numbering about 300, demonstrated around the Federal Secretariat chanting various anti-government songs and demanded that “the President must be born again.”

The convener of CAMON and a former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, condemned President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech on the occasion of the nation’s 54th independence.

He stressed that apart from the fact that it was not inspiring, his reluctance to speak on the fate of the 219 girls was unacceptable.