– A women group has condemned the use of the hashtag #BringBackOurZariaGirls by members of the Islamic movement of Nigeria
– The women group said the Shiites members failed to start a campaign for the alleged missing girls until nine months after the incident
A women group, the Coalition for Women Advancement in Africa (COWAA) has condemned the use of the hashtag #BringBackOurZariaGirls by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria.
COWAA said the use of such hashtag is a show of the height o irresponsibility by the IMN group.
The Shiite group had in the past week created the hashtag #BringBackOurZariaGirls over an allegation that the Nigeria military abducted 50 of its women.
The Shiite group claimed the girls were abducted during a military operation.
But COWAA in a briefing with Journalists in Abuja on Sunday, September 9, said the action by the group is a slight on the over 200 abducted Chibok girls.
The executive director of COWAA Jummai Samuel said the new hashtag is an insult to the memories of the Chibok girls.
Samuel said the Shiite group is focused on hijacking the #BringBackOurGirls movement and concept for their “irresponsible” activities.
She said the act is “insensitive act of exploiting the genuine anguish of troubled families for propaganda.”
Samuel said: “#BringBackOurGirls sit outs are heart wrenching reminders of the agony that the parent of abducted Chibok School Girls daily while awaiting the release of the daughters from the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists. It is a movement that has by its doggedness compelled the Nigerian government and the international community to pay attention and explore ways of freeing the girls.”
She also said it must be noted that these girls have not committed any crime and that they were dutifully studying in their schools when they were abducted.
“On the contrary, IMN sect is accusing the military of abducting more than 50 of its girls during an operation to quell a brewing insurgency. We are not holding briefs for anyone but as parents we found it incredulous that almost nine months have passed before the sect realized its girls are missing.
“Given these inconsistencies, we see the launch of the hashtag and protests as something thought up for its propaganda value. It is apparently an attempt to cause outrage directed at the government and its institutions after several other attempts had failed,” Samuel said.