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Published On: Wed, Jul 23rd, 2014

2015: No election until Chibok girls are released – Braithwaite

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Abducted schoolgirlsFrom Ayodele Samuel and Akilani Abdullah, Lagos

Ahead of 2015 general election, an elder statesman and delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, has said there should not be any election in the country until the over 200 abducted Chibok secondary school girls in Borno state are released.

This is just as he called for an urgent revolution by the Nigerian masses to stop those he described as corrupt elements who are ruling the country. According to him, the buck now stops on the table of all Nigerians and everybody must do something to salvage the situation.

“Nigerians must take actions, they are now preparing for 2015 in these circumstances. There should be no election if the girls did not come home. There should be no election if we don’t have a brand new constitution. I’m not talking about isolated elections going on; I’m talking about the general elections because that is where all the resources are being focused on.

“What they are doing is spending money and resources on who becomes the next President or Senators, we should not allow that.

“We have to take this matter into our hands, deal with the corrupt elements in our midsts who are ruling us. That’s the only way we can get these girls back” he said.

Braithwaite, who spoke in Lagos yesterday during the commemoration rally to mark the 100 days of abduction of the over 200 girls from Borno state by the dreaded Boko Haram group organized by Women Arise for Change Initiative, made it known that the abduction is a tipping point for revolution in the country.

“We have our children kept away; with rallying, we can’t bring them back. After 100 days, this is the time for us to mount a revolution and if people are scared to hear about the word revolution, they must know revolution has come upon us and if we don’t do something now to stop it, worst things might happen. It’s the tipping point for us” Braithwaite stated.

Speaking further, he decried various rallies and protests for the release of the girls saying its high time Nigerians take urgent actions.

“The international community will not help us; we have to help ourselves. The abduction of these girls is the tipping point for a revolution by us. We think those girls will come home by mere protest and rallying, they won’t come if we are just rallying and looking up to the United states, AU, EU and all that. We should stop this passive nonsense because it would not yields result,” he warned.

Speaking earlier, President, Women Arise Initiative; Dr. Joe-Okei Odumakin, made it known that after 100 days of abduction, Nigerians should still keep up the pressure on the government.

She said, “Our gathering here is to prove a point; we keep counting hopefully because a day with a terrorist is like a hundred days.

“Our government must gather enough political will to end the terror and rescue the girls. Inability to bring the perpetrators to book emboldens the perpetrators. Nigerians must unite against terror and end terror,” Odumakin said.

 

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