“Government wants Ogun residents to spend the day in a sober reflection and pray for the safety and eventual release of the girls.”
The National Association of Ogun State Students, NAOS, has declared three days of fasting and prayers for the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls.
The students made this known in a communique issued after an emergency stakeholders meeting of the association held at the Student Union Building of the University of Ibadan on Wednesday.
The communiqué, signed by the National Chairman of the union, Bolaji Sanni, said the association condemned the abduction of the over 250 girls by the Boko Haram, and called on President Goodluck Jonathan to retain the status quo in states under emergency rule.
‘National Association of Ogun State Students strongly condemns the abduction of over 200 girls at Chibok by the deadly and inhumane sect, Boko Haram. We hereby declare a 3 day-fasting and prayer from 24th of May to 26th of May 2014,” the association said.
The students also called on all professional bodies and pro-democracy groups to stop ‘romancing’ politicians and resist their anti-poor policies.
Ironically, the students body, which cautioned professional bodies to stay away from politicians, commended the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, ‘for the laudable project going on within the state’
Also, the Ogun State Government has said in deference to the current mood of the nation over the abducted girls, it has stepped down activities for the Democracy Day usually marked on May 29.
A statement by the Secretary to Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, explained that this decision was taken by government to identify with the parents of the girls kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, over a month ago.
“Government wants Ogun residents to spend the day in a sober reflection and pray for the safety and eventual release of the girls and assures that it will continue to take steps necessary for improving security of lives and property of residents across the state.”