Government Approves 2nd Year Memorial For Abducted Chibok Girls

Nigerian Government officials have given approval for a memorial to be held at the Government Secondary School in Chibok.

The event, a prayer session integrating both Muslim and Christian faiths, will mark the second anniversary of the girls’ abduction by Boko Haram militants.

The Secretary of the Parents of the Abducted Girls from Chibok Association, Lawan Zanna, said the government has agreed to give the parents access to the school that is heavily guarded and all the parents of the missing girls are expected to attend.

The parents are hoping the event would draw attention to the girls, who have not been seen since the night of their abduction.

The parents were hoping the event would again garner attention for the girls who have not been seen since the night of their abduction despite calls to find them from celebrities and politicians.

“We have also invited all the government officials from Chibok and they also promised to allow any person from the media to join us,” Zanna, whose 18-year-old daughter is among the missing girls, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

On the first anniversary of the abduction the parents held a memorial event at the school but then a military checkpoint was then set up outside the school and the area ruled out of bounds.

Visitors are required to seek official permission from the government or the military to get access to the school and also to Chibok town.