It’s been 500 days since more than 276 Nigerian girls were abducted from a school in Chibok by militant group Boko Haram, and their families are still waiting on their return.

Thursday, people took to the streets all across Nigeria to remember the kidnapped girls and demand President Muhammadu Buhari’ government bring them home.

On Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for the girls’ release during a visit to Nigeria, calling their abduction “intolerable.” Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai penned an open letter to the girls, encouraging them to stay strong.

“We cannot imagine the full extent of the horrors you have endured. But please know this: we will never forget you. We will always stand with you,” Yousafzai wrote. “Today and every day, we call on the Nigerian authorities and the international community to do more to bring you home. We will not rest until you have been reunited with your families.”

Back in April, President Buhari told his compatriots he can’t promise his government will locate the abducted girls because many have been married off, sold into sex trafficking, or transported into neighboring countries.

“We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown,” he said in a statement.  “As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them.”

Despite vowing to eradicate Boko Haram, Buhari’s government seems to be struggling to make headway against the terrorist group, and the families of the missing girls are frustrated by the lack of progress.

“The government’s response has been very slow,” Esther Yakubu, the mother of a missing girl, told Al Jazera. “If these girls were their biological daughters I don’t think they would still be missing. It’s because they don’t care about the poor.”

People around the world marked the solemn occasion on Twitter.

A multi-national armed force from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin is expected to launch an offensive against Boko Haram soon.

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    The previous Nigerian President (who was Jonathan Goodluck) was disgraceful in his conduct of trying to save the missing young girls. It is very important that this story is told since this story represents a human rights crisis. It us also about how any injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. There should be national and international collaborations to find these girls and to counteract evil in our world. Boko Haran is an evil counterrevolutionary, terrorist group who has committed unspeakable horrors in the world. Short term and Long term, Nigerian leadership must establish more national political unity among Christians, Muslims, animists, and others in Nigeria (there are more than 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria like the Hausa, Fulani, the Yoruba, the Igbo, the Ijaw, etc.). There is a serious problem economic inequality in Nigeria (as many residents of Chibok are very poor). Policies must be made to rectify issues. Nigeria should run its own nation excluding imperialism. Great people worldwide have talked about this issue, protested, and expressed solidarity with the kidnapped girls from Chibok. We are in solidarity with the missing Sisters too. We want them to be brought back home.


  • Charles Johnson

    Hey clutch, thanks for making sure this story doesn’t get lost #bringbackourgirls

  • Me

    “We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown,” he said in a statement. “As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them.”

    How could someone fix their mouth to say that to over 200 families? How dare he say that? As if those girls’ lives are just collateral damage. I’m floored.