“It is sad that a girl like me will be taken by strangers to an unknown location.”
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, his wife, Serifat, and other members of his cabinet on Thursday in Osogbo defiled heavy rain to protest the abduction of school girls in Borno.
Addressing women at the government secretariat in Abere area of Osogbo, the governor described the abduction as a “barbaric act”.
He advised women, irrespective of their religion, to “cry to God in prayer” for divine intervention and mercy for the release of the girls.
The governor urged the AU to get the three countries sharing boundary with Borno – Cameroon, Chad and Niger – to be involved in the search for the children.
Mr. Aregbesola recommended a 3-day prayer to God for the release of the missing girls.
He also called on Muslims and Christians in the state and across the country to pray on Friday and Sunday respectively for the release of the girls.
Mr. Aregbesola called on the Federal Government to use science and technology potential of the country effectively in tracking and monitoring of people and events.
The governor’s wife lamented the ordeal the kidnapped girls must have been going through.
She prayed for divine intervention, and urged women across the country to continue in their prayer for God’s mercy upon the girls so that they could be found alive.
The deputy governor, Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, was among the people that participated in the peaceful protest.
Blessing Akanfe, a secondary school girl, who also participated in the protest, said: “It is sad that a girl like me will be taken by strangers to an unknown location.
“While we pray to God for their release, I want to plead with our president to help bring our friends back and we want them alive.
“We are tired of seeing our mothers crying, help us restore peace to our society.’’
Aduke Adeoye, a civil servant, said: “I can imagine the kind of pain and agony the parents of these girls are going through in a situation like this.
“I am a mother too; I know what it means to nurse children, losing them is not good.
“These girls are not just girls, they are teenagers. I wonder what they are going through in the hands of those wicked men.
“I know God will answer us and bring them back to us in peace.’’
The protest, organised by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, started at the entrance of the State House of Assembly and ended at the government secretariat in Abere.
Other participants at the peaceful protest were commissioners, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, market women, school children and religious bodies, among others.
The kidnap of the over 250 girls from the Government Secondary School in Borno on April 14 has sparked outcry in and outside the country.