Malala Meet #BringBackOurGirls Movement in Abuja, Celebrates 17th Birthday
Pakistani girls’ education activist, Malala Yousafzai, who arrived Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday to campaign on behalf of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram has met with the organizers of the #BringBackOurGirls movement in Abuja.
Ms Yousafzai who was an early backer of the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign which went viral soon after the hashtag was created.
Detail of her meeting with the BBOG movement remains sketchy, but upon arrival in Nigeria, Malala celebrated her 17th birthday in Abuja at a dinner held in her honour at Transcorp Hilton hotel.
Speaking exclusively to NAN after the dinner that ended at about 10.40 p.m on Saturday, Malala “On my 17th birthday my wish is to see every child go to school and I want to see my Nigerian sisters being released from their abduction and I want them to be free to go to school and continue their education.”
The Managing Director of NAN, Ima Niboro, presented a birthday card and flowers to Malala on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Thank you Malala for coming to Nigeria, Mr. President personally signed this card, he shares your vision, your dreams and your ambitions and he is happy that you are here,” Niboro told Malala.
During her three-day visit to Nigeria, the 17-year old Pakistani girl is scheduled to meet President Jonathan and other top government officials.
She will also mark the Malala Day on July 14, in Abuja to champion her cause for free and compulsory education for every child around the world.
The education advocate informed the guests at the dinner that she would welcome ideas and opinions from them on how to ensure the safety and education of every child in Nigeria.
“I also hope to listen to those girls who were abducted and later ran away from their abductors and it would be really nice to listen to the parents of the girls.
“They are the ones who can really tell us what their daughters are suffering and what they are suffering too,” she said.
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