The American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Thursday, April 14, observed a symbolic walk around the campus to commemorate the second anniversary of the abduction of over 200 girls by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Chibok, near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria,
The AUN community walked with the 27 Chibok girls who escaped from the terrorists and were granted scholarships by the University.
The walk was aimed at showing the abducted girls, who are still missing, that they are not forgotten, and that their thoughts still remain fresh in the hearts of members of the AUN community.
AUN President, Dr. Margee Ensign, in her speech at the event, recalled the circumstances that led the University to take in the escaped Chibok girls two years ago.
“What happened is that one of our employee’s sisters escaped that night and she came to me and said we are a development university, asking what we were going to do about that.
“And then Dr. Rawlins (AUN Assistant Vice President of Security and Safety) and I drove up, about two years ago, to bring 11, and then 10 more, now we have 27.”
President Ensign decried a situation in which young women are harmed for trying to get an education, adding that this amounts to discouraging education for young women.
“Two years ago, the unthinkable happened; people tried to stop young women from going to school,” she said.
The walk started at 6 pm in front of the dormitory in which the escaped Chibok girls reside.
The escaped girls joined faculty, students and staff of the University to walk around the campus, with chants of “Bring back our girls!” and “We love our girls!” echoing intermittently.
The abduction of more than 200 girls by the Boko Haram terrorist group took place on April 14, 2014, sparking global outrage that culminated in the now popular #BringBackOurGirls hash tag campaign.
By Nuhu Saidu