Close to a thousand protesters who had planned to take the “Bring Back Our Girls” protest to the Presidential Villa on Thursday had to terminate their march at the Eagle Square. The well coordinated protesters who had gathered at the Unity Fountain were met on the way by a team of Federal Government officials including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, Dr Reuben Abati, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity among others.
Before their departure from the Unity Fountain, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, one of the coordinators of the march took time to address the protesters on the purpose of the march and discipline. She urged them not to carry any metal that could be seen as a weapon and not to carry anything that would cause any inconvenience. Those who did not wear outfits with a touch of red were given red t-shirts.
While addressing them on discipline, she said “we are going to be a model of discipline. Nobody will talk to the President rudely. Our questions are simple and straight.”
Police officers blocked some roads to enable the protesters march without hindrance from vehicular traffic. Many were surprised to see the FCT Commissioner of Police, John Mbu offering water to some protesters at Eagle Square.
On the arrival of the government team, the protesters made their demands known and asked questions bordering on why the President has not visited Chibok since the abduction of the girls on April 14 and why a part of Borno State was under siege for 4 hours and security agencies did not rise to the occasion. They also asked about the efficacy of the state of emergency in three states in the North East as well as whether the Federal Government will negotiate with Boko Haram on the release of the abducted girls.