The All Progressives Congress has said forthwith, the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group will be treated as a group threatening public peace.
In other words, every public and secret gathering of the group will be considered a potential threat to Public peace.
APC had been a vocal supporter of BBOG. The party says it will now change its relationship with the group since it is now the party in power.
The then opposition party made the missing Chibok girls a campaign issue against the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Now in power and the girls still not rescued, APC’s relationship with the campaigners has become frosty.
Recall that the group clashed with the police when they attempted to march to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Angered by the development, Oby Ezekwesili said, “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons.”
“Its hours to New Year celebration. Our Chibok girls aren’t home yet. If you talk about it, they label you ‘opposition’. Things must change.”
“No More excuses. Decide now. Act now.”
In response, APC said “Dear @obyezeks, we respect your resilience and commitment to the #BringBackOurGirls struggle and would do anything to encourage you, Ma.
“As a party, we’ll continue to work with government and security forces, as much as legally allowed, until they #BringBackOurGirls.
“As opposition then, #BringBackOurGirls was an open campaign to pressure PDP government into action.
“However, as leading party, our strategy changed.
“We’re most concerned with actual efforts to rescue the girls and our efforts are evident.”
Following the altercation that happened when the BBOG clashed with pro-government supporters and the police, the Nigerian police banned all public protests.
The Nigerian police reversed that order stating that “It is the constitutional rights of every law abiding citizen to express his or her view through public protest/procession and other legitimate means.”