Nigeria’s new inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris has said that the police will no longer permit the Bring Back Our Girls movement protests and rallies in the nation’s capital Abuja. According to him, the purpose of the movement – which is to raise awareness on the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls – has been achieved.
Idris disclosed this on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, saying that the #BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, movement should stop its public advocacy and marches for the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls as it poses a threat to public peace.
“Enough is enough,” said Idris, while hosting the national president of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Gloria Shoda and other members of the council executive in Abuja.
Idris said that the “#BringBackOurGirls protagonists must understand that in the exercise of their rights, they must not trample on other peoples’ rights through over-dramatization of emotions, self-serving propaganda and disrespect of public (office) holders.”
The IG said that processions are usually organized to draw attention to a particular issue, adding that the group’s aim has already been achieved.
“The police management is aware of the agitation and the plight of parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls and other civil groups. As parents ourselves, we sympathize with them in these trying moments.
“Evidently, the government has invested huge resources in ensuring that the girls are rescued and re-united with their various families.
“However, the activities of the BringBackOurGirls group in Abuja, the nation’s capital recently, are becoming worrisome and threat to public peace and order.”
The IG warned that “The police will not sit on the fence and watch such a scenario unfold. The rights of law-abiding citizens must be protected within the context of the law and we believe that enough is enough.”
The Bring Back Our Girls movement is a political platform founded by Hadiza Bala Usman, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, used to push a negative media narrative against the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of the Boko Haram kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls from a school in Chibok in 2014.
The platform was co-founded by a former World Bank vice president, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, who is also a former education minister. Ms. Usman was absorbed into the new government once President Muhammadu Buhari won the 2015 elections and was sworn into office. She was recently appointed as managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority by President Buhari.
Ezekwesili continues to lead the group in protests at Aso Rock.