Women in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, organizing as “Women for Peace and Justice”, are staging a peaceful protest to press the government to act swiftly to release the remaining 230 female students kidnapped from their hostel in a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.
About 243 girls, students of the Government Secondary School, GGSC, were abducted by members of the extremist Boko Haram sect on April 14. Forty-three of the girls escaped captivity and were reunited with their families. But the bulk of the students are still held by their abductors without much of a showing of tact to free the schoolgirls by the government.
The protest today is expected to push the government into showing more concern and acting seriously to free the schoolgirls.
Premium Times’ reporters are in Abuja and joining the protest and will bring you live updates as it proceeds.
The protest is largely expected to be peaceful. But recently, protests against the government in Abuja have been met with security highhandedness since the former Rivers State police commissioner, Joseph Mbu, took leadership of the Abuja police command.
Abuja is also home to special government security forces.
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The lady in purple is Sarah Ishaya. She is from Chibok. She has three sisters, ages 15 to 18, among the abducted schoolgirls. She’s traumatized and could not say a word.
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) April 30, 2014
Asa, Nigeria’s famous singer lends her voice to the protest.
— Asa(asha) (@Asa_official) April 30, 2014
— Chinenye Ugonna (@cHiNNnY) April 30, 2014