Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, is set to deliver the inaugural annual Chibok Girls lecture according to the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ (BBOG) group.
The event slated for Friday, April 14, is under the theme, ‘Where goes our girl-child, our nation goes.’ It will take place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in the administrative capital, Abuja.
The respected Emir – a former central bank chief, is very vocal on issues bedeviling Africa’s most populous nation. He recently announced wide-ranging family law to restrict polygamy for poor men in Kano State, one of the most populous states in northern Nigeria.
Today is a thousand and ninety days they have been taken away and they are not yet back. So as long as we see those red ribbons we remember our Chibok girls that are out there.
BBOG celebrates 3rd Anniversary of abduction
BBOG campaigners last Saturday (April 8, 2017) marked the 3rd anniversary of the abduction of Chibok girls by Boko Haram. They planted trees and tied ribbons to commemorate the day.
“Today is a thousand and ninety days they have been taken away and they are not yet back. So as long as we see those red ribbons we remember our Chibok girls that are out there, and so whoever is walking by and seeing the red ribbons it’s just to remind them and say to them: look, 195 Chibok girls are waiting for your voices, come lend that voice and ensure that the government does the right thing and bring them back home,” a leading activist Aisha Yesufu said.
276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in 2014. About 20 were released last October while over 150 others are still in captivity.
Chairperson of the event is a Mathematics professor and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Grace Alele-Williams.
Facts about Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II
- a. He is a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor
- b. He holds a degree in Arabic from a Sudanese university
- c. He is chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN) in Nigeria’s Benue State.
- d. He was named the first Forbes Africa Person of the Year (POY) in 2011
- e. He aimed for the post of African Development Bank (AfDB) CEO – which role is currently occupied by Akinwumi Adesina, a former Agric Minister of Nigeria.
- f. He is the second most powerful Muslim leader, he ranks only behind the Sultan of Sokoto.