BLOCKED | Ezekwesili, #BringBackOurGirls Activists Fenced Out of Aso Rock by Security

In remembrance of the two year anniversary of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, the #BringBackOurGirls Group decided to stage a march to the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Led by former vice president of the World Bank, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, the group was blocked by security from entering the Presidential Villa in Abuja and therefore forced to hold their rally outside the villa.

Photos of the incident were captured and shared on social media by journalists and activists.

The last visit by the group to the Presidential Villa in January 2015 ended in bad taste as a visibly angry President Muhammadu Buhari walked out on the meeting which had some Chibok parents in attendance. The mothers of the abducted schoolgirls wept bitterly at the Presidential Villa on that day as the President told them that he didn’t know where their daughters were.

Ezekwesili later expressed displeasure with Buhari for his lack of compassion for the parents of the Chibok girls. “He missed an opportunity to connect,” she tweeted.

Wednesday, information emerged that the Nigerian government was in possession of a ‘proof of life’ video since December 2015 and none of the Chibok parents were told of the existence of the video or shown the video which showed 15 girls who said they were girls kidnapped from the Girls Secondary School in Chibok in April 2014.

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