“There is no politics or religious issues in this. All what we want is the safe return of our girls.”
The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Friday called for three days prayers and fasting for the safe rescue of the kidnapped Chibok girls.
Mr. Shettima also expressed happiness that the U.S. had gotten involved in the rescue efforts.
“We are calling on all Muslims and Christians to embark on a three-day fasting to seek God help towards rescuing our girls. All of us must fast because we worship the same God,” Mr. Shettima said.
“We thank the international community especially the American first lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, for the concern on the issue. We pray that our prayers will be answered and our girls will come back safety.
“Though it is sad that some individuals were questioning the genuineness of the abduction case, it is callous for any individual to think that we just created the story that our girls have been abducted,” Mr. Shettima said.
The governor said these at a rally organised by Chibok indigenes in Maiduguri under a body called Kibaku Area Development Association, HADA.
The protesters visited Mr. Shettima at the Government House, Maiduguri, on Friday.
Mr. Shettima said the fasting and prayer would be observed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. He said despite the concerted efforts of government and security agencies at ensuring the rescue of the girls; nothing works out perfectly without prayers.
“There is no politics or religious issues in this. All what we want is the safe return of our girls. For a people who have been traumatised by the mass abduction of their precious daughters, the accusation is unfair,” he said.
Earlier, the leader of KADA, Alabe Grema, called on the Federal Government to intensity efforts towards ensuring safe return of the girls.
“Our people have been faced with psychological trauma following the abduction of the girls. Some of them have even gone mad due to the trauma of the abduction,” Mr. Grema said.
The over 250 girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, on April 14.
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