Chibok Schoolgirls: Plateau women stage protest

The women lamented the failure of security agents to rescue the girls.

Over a 100 women in Plateau State on Thursday took to the streets of Jos to protest the abduction of over 250 girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in April.

The terrorist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls along with eight others on May 6. Most of the girls remain in captivity as Boko Haram chief, Abubakar Shekau, threatens to sell them.

The women marched to the Government House in Jos where they presented a three-page letter of protest to the Deputy Governor, Ignatius Longjan, for onward transfer to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The women, dressed mostly in black, lamented the failure of security agents to rescue the girls.

“It is unacceptable to Nigerian women that our daughters have become war trophies in a conflict that should have been nipped in the bud ages ago,” they said. “We challenge the security apparatus at all levels to arise to fulfil the sacred trust reposed on them by the Nigerian people. We call on the Federal Government to take radical steps to secure our borders and employ all diplomatic means to engage the government of neighbouring countries Niger, Cameroon and Chad, so as to restore our girls to their families.”

Addressing the women, Mr. Longjan applauded the peaceful nature of the protest and commended the show of concern by the women.

“Government appreciates your show of your concern as mothers over this sad incident. As you may be aware, we as fathers and parents in particular, are most concerned too; therefore, I assure you, government at all level is not relenting in the search for these girls,” he said.

The deputy governor promised to deliver the letter by the women to President Jonathan.

“Plateau State government will deliver your letter to the appropriate authority, so that the issues rise would be looked into,” he said.

The women, in their letter, stressed that the Nigerian government must step up its security apparatus and bring it into the 21st century. “This requires the use of the latest and best methods and means of conducting anti-insurgency,” they said.

They also asked that the increasing insecurity in the country be addressed.

The protest started at the old Airport junction and terminated at Government House gate in Rayfield.


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