The co-convener of the “Bring Back Our Girls” Movement, Aisha Yesufu, known for her fearless stance on National issues, is the latest cover lady of Guardian Life Magazine as she talks about being a girl child in Northern Nigeria, feminism, religious faux, marriage and being a “BBOG” warrior.

Born in Northern Nigeria, where the female child is expected to keep mute on certain issues, little Aisha Yesufu was already breaking the rules by speaking out whenever there was injustice.

Read excerpts from her interview:

On growing up, she says:

“Even though my parents or adults were angry at me for speaking up especially when it does not favour them; when they had that need to have someone that was unbiased to look at issues, they would call me.”

“I have the gift to look at issues from both sides even when I am involved and when I am not. I am able to tell people, “okay look at it like this”. My mother would always say, ‘nobody wins in your court’, but in that same court when they want the issues to be told plainly, they would come.”

On Feminism and Marriage:

“I am very, very lazy. My parents used to say, ‘Is everything book?’ Even when my husband proposed, I told him, I am lazy and I hate housework, I hate cooking and he was ready to go with it.”

“I set systems in place to work for me. I hire and pay people to make me jobless. By the grace of God, I will never work for anybody so I have time on my hands.”

“Being brought up to expect that a man that will take of you, it was my husband that taught me to be financially independent so that I can have control over my voice and not be dependent.”

On being a Bring Back Our Girls warrior;

“Growing up, the average Nigerian was taught that you should not question elders. They grew up with how not to question authority and it went on through school. Now that they have become adults, they have used government to replace parents so they don’t question authority.”

“Fortunately, we are seeing more movements like BBOG inspire them to stay on course. They are realising that the office of the citizen is actually the highest office in the land. They are realizing that we don’t need permission from the police to protest but protection.”

“Whatever I am doing today, I am fighting for that little girl that I was that yearned for help, that begged to be helped with a textbook so that I can read and pass my exams. If I ever give up that fight, I will be giving up on myself.


The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has launched a 3-month Global Campaign starting on Sunday January 13th, 2019, 90 days to making it 5 years since the Chibok Girls
were last free citizens of Nigeria.

In a statement released on Monday, the BBOG said: “This 90-day campaign is to pressure our government to free our 112 Chibok Girls, Leah Sharibu, Alice Ngaddah and countless other abductees before the fifth anniversary of the abduction, which will come up on Sunday April 14, 2019.”

The statement continued:

As a movement made up of concerned Nigerians of all economic classes and provenance,
we demand that our government:

1. Bring back our girls NOW and ALIVE!
2. Equip and look after the welfare of our police and our troops
3. Give our children safe and secure schools
4. Properly rehabilitate those who have been victims of conflict or crisis
5. Respond QUICKLY whenever something bad happens to our citizens, and
6. Communicate about what they are doing to the victim’s families and the general public.

While we are aware of the efforts made so far, and commend the government for the
recovery of 107 Chibok girls, and 106 Dapchi girls, we will not relent in our advocacy and strident demands for the rescue of our school children and fellow citizens from captivity.

We also demand justice for the slain. We acknowledge and honour the sacrifice of our
military and express our thoughts and prayers to the families of our heroes in the armed

As concerned citizens of this country, the #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) advocacy group
has highlighted the plight of these innocent girls and other victims of the insurgency, both at global level, and at home through protest and through constructive engagement with the government and other agencies, to secure the rescue of the abducted girls. Our advocacy includes nearly 5 years of a daily sit-out in Abuja; weekly sit-outs in Lagos, Oshogbo, and Ibadan; visits to key local and international stakeholders; development of strategies and tools such as ‘Citizens Solutions to End Terrorism’ and the ‘Verification, Authentication and Reunification System (VARS)’ for missing persons.

While we remain hopeful and expectant that the rescue of ALL the girls is imminent, if this hope does not materialise before April 14, 2019, we will, with heavy hearts, mark the 5th year of captivity for 112 Chibok Girls by gathering with members of the Chibok community and members of BBOG from all over Lagos.

We empathise with the traumatised families and communities of all the victims of
insurgency, those missing, deceased, and forcibly removed from government schools where
their parents thought they would be safe. We pray that many more families will be able to share in the joy of their children coming back home and having a bright future.

We call on local, national, regional and global influencers and authorities to support
and pressure the Nigerian government to bring the nightmare of school abductions, violent extremism and insecurity to an end.

For and on behalf of #BringBackOurGirls Lagos &Ejigbo Families
Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi
Adwoa Edun
Aisha Oyebode
Ayo Obe
Babasola Olalere
Deji Kolawole
F.T. Adebayo
Habiba Balogun
Jonathan Okanlawon
Monday Ojon
Ngozi Iwere
Yahi Bwata
‘Yemi Adamolekun
Yemisi Ransome-Kuti


Credit: Bella Naija