Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Former Minister of Education, VP of the World Bank and a passionate and visionary leader who has been in the forefront of the #bringbackourgirls campaign, has called on President Obama to do more to help find the girls abducted by Islamist group Boko Haram.
Oby Ezekwesili, who has been named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME, said this during the TIME 100 gala in New York City on Tuesday.
“If he could get Osama bin Laden, he could get our girls”
“It is time for someone as powerful as Barack Obama to compare the girls of Chibok to his own daughters,” Ezekwesili said. “These girls are a symbol of our own message to girls, that they should be educated, that we would go beyond the call of duty for you.”
Below is an essay by Uganda activist, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe on Oby Ezekwesili for Time
“Like northern Uganda, where I live, northern Nigeria is very isolated. For many years, the women who were abducted from our region remained invisible. So although I have not met Obiageli Ezekwesili, I know the #BringBackOurGirls campaign that she championed is very important. It would have taken a long time to raise awareness about the girls taken by Boko Haram without her using her platform as a former Minister of Education”.
We need to remember that these girls are undergoing psychological and maybe physical torture. So I love that the campaign says, “Bring back our girls,” and not “Bring back my child.” Everybody is in unison with the parents and the relatives. Everyone is feeling their pain. Everyone will be ready to embrace the girls and offer them care and compassion if they are rescued or manage to escape.
“It has been a year, and the girls haven’t been rescued, but she has made a difference by speaking about it. Not just speaking but shouting. I know some people will say she is too loudmouthed. The loud mouth is needed. People hear it”.