On Thursday, the 8th of May, dozens of outraged South African nationals called up Nigerian government and the world to rescue the 296 abducted schoolgirls by Boko Haram.
The incensed South African citizens marched to Nigerian consulate while another group demonstrated outside the Republic of South African Parliament in Cape Town. Under the banner Bring Back Our Girls made the protectors called for immediate release of the Chibok kidnapped boarding schoolgirls who were kidnapped on the April 14. They edged the like minded world community members to put more resources, attention and focus to release all the abducted girls unharmed. As the concerned demonstrators chanted “Shame on us all, bring back our girls!” as they were the streets.
While reading the list of demands, the protest coordinator Rosie Motene said a mouthful “We’re tired of the rest of the world being silent about such an important issue. When it happened in Congo, we didn’t step up to the plate. It’s important to understand that this isn’t just a Nigerian issue – it’s a terrorism issue. It could happen anywhere in the world. It happened to Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, who was shot in the head for pursuing an education, and now it’s happened in Nigeria. It’s also important to stress that Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation, not an Islamist one – this is NOT the way of Islam.”
Africa Voices spoke to various South African civil society, youth formations, gender activists leader. They all agreed that the time for quiet diplomacy is over. All political and social leaders need not just to speak out about this issue but also work very hard to find a quick solution.
As usual African Voices went out to get South African citizens views. Lawrence George from Sandton said “Enough is enough. For how long will patriarch perpetrated crimes continue like this continue in Africa? It is now high time time that we as human race regardless of religion, class, and culture must find Goliath’s within us“
Lesego Ramatiselo from Rosebank said “We have one continent and we are one people. So whatever happened to any African countries affects all of us. Its Nigeria now. Who is next?“
Minewhile Mattew Harrison from Durban said “How can government be so quiet about this and only worry about World Economic Forum. We as South African have defeated Apartheid. If we can unite once again, we can surely can defeat this“
Managing director of Active Citizenship Lydia Plaatjies coordinated the Cape Town picket to Parliament. She said “What happened in Nigeria can happen to anyone anywhere. As African, those girls need us, the African continent need us. Let’s reach out to save them“.
South African citizens might have done department of International Relations is the notable quiet voice in South Africa. Some who marchers accused the South African government disarray prioritizing. They say maybe the some South African government are only worried about the recent elections expected results.