COALITION for Women Advancement in Africa, COWAA, has described the #BringBackOurZariaGirls hashtag created by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, as the height of irresponsibility, saying it is an insult to the memory of the Chibok girls who were kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram terrorists two years ago. The group condemned the hashtag and accused the Shiite movement of trying to hijack the #BringBackOurGirls movement and concept for their nefarious goals. Addressing journalists, the Executive Director, COWAA, Mrs Jummai Samuel, urged the Shi’ite sect to immediately discontinue the #BringBackOurZariaGirls campaign and tender unreserved apologies to the families of the Chibok girls for “this insensitive act of exploiting the genuine anguish of troubled families for propaganda.” She said while members of the sect have a right to their aspirations, what COWAA finds reprehensible is their decision to hijack the #BringBackOurGirls movement and concept for their nefarious goals. “#BringBackOurGirls sitouts are heart wrenching reminders of the agony that the parents of the abducted Chibok girls face daily while awaiting the release of their 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. It must be noted that these girls committed no crime, they were dutifully studying in their schools when they were abducted. “On the contrary, the 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 brief for anyone, but as parents we found it incredulous that almost nine months have passed before the sect realised 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.”

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