Mus­lim women protest ab­duc­tion of school girls

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

The women wing of Nas­rul-lahi Fathi So­ci­ety of Nigeria (NASFAT) in Kwara State yes­ter­day staged a peace­ful protest over the ab­duc­tion of over 200 fe­male stu­dents of Govern­ment Girls Sec­ondary School, Chi­bok, Borno State and other acts of vi­o­lence by in­sur­gents in parts of the coun­try.

The women led by their leader, Ha­jiya Um­muhani Ab­dul­rah­man, said the ac­tiv­i­ties of in­sur­gents, par­tic­u­larly the bomb blast at Nyanya, Abuja and the ab­duc­tion of the fe­male stu­dents called for con­cern by all stake­hold­ers in the coun­try, ir­re­spec­tive of re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences.

Ab­dul­rah­man, who pre­sented a let­ter of protest to the state gover­nor, Al­haji Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed for trans­mis­sion to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan said: “Our hearts are bleed­ing; we are moth­ers and we know what it takes to lose a preg­nancy not to talk of a child. We want these chil­dren to be found be­cause they are our fu­ture. They are what we de­pend on as moth­ers.”

She noted that the ac­tiv­i­ties of in­sur­gents have gone be­yond re­li­gion, adding that people of all reli­gions must come to­gether to end the cri­sis.

In his re­sponse, the gover­nor com­mended the women for been part of the van­guard to tackle ac­tiv­i­ties of in­sur­gents in the coun­try.

“The suc­cess of the cur­rent pur­suit of peace by se­cu­rity agencies will re­quire ev­ery hand to be on deck. In­for­ma­tion is very im­por­tant; we must see our­selves as our broth­ers keep­ers,” he said.

The gover­nor promised to deliver their mes­sage to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

PHOTO GOVT HOUSE

NASFAT Women Leader, Ha­jiya Um­muhani Ab­dul­rah­man (right), pre­sent­ing a let­ter of protest over the ab­duc­tion of school girls in Borno to Gover­nor Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed of Kwara, dur­ing their protest to Govern­ment Hou­sein Ilorin yes­ter­day.

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