Women to march for re­lease of Chi­bok school­girls

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, Maiduguri

Women from all over the coun­try will this Wed­nes­day stage a one mil­lion women march in Abuja to press for the re­lease of the sec­ondary school­girls re­cently kid­napped in Chi­bok, Borno State by in­sur­gents.

An emer­gency meet­ing to brain­storm on ways of res­cu­ing the girls was con­vened by the Borno first lady, Ha­jiya Nana Kashim Shet­tima, yes­ter­day in Maiduguri where Prof. Hauwa Abdu Biu in­formed the gath­er­ing that the march tagged: “Free our girls” would in­volve women from around the coun­try and called for the mo­bi­liza­tion of women to Abuja for the rally.

“The other time we were in black but this time the colour for the Abuja rally is red, so we should all be pre­pared and mo­bi­lize our­selves for the rally”, she said.

Ear­lier, the Borno first lady urged wives of se­cu­rity chiefs to as­sist in mount­ing pres­sure on their hus­bands to in­ten­sify ef­forts to res­cue the girls.“Let us all put our dif­fer­ences aside ir­re­spec­tive of our faith or tribes, let us all join hands to res­cue these girls, I know that we can do it, Almighty Al­lah is with us, he knows our in­ten­tion”, she said.

“I am sure for now we are not on our own, I am happy to in­form you that the wife of the pres­i­dent called me two days ago, I be­lieve she is also with us, let us join hands ir­re­spec­tive of po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions,” she added.

Most of the women who spoke at the meet­ing called on the federal govern­ment and se­cu­rity agencies to in­ten­sify ef­forts to res­cue the girls.

They also called for prayers and fast­ing in mosques and churches for God to touch the hearts of the in­sur­gents. Bar­ris­ter Aisha Wakil who has been in the fore­front of call­ing on the in­sur­gents to lay down their arms and em­brace di­a­logue cau­tioned against the use of force in res­cu­ing the girls.

The meet­ing had in at­ten­dance wives of ser­vice chiefs in the state, non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, women pro­fes­sional bod­ies, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Fed­er­a­tion of Mus­lim Women As­so­ci­a­tions (FOMWAN) and the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAN) among oth­ers.

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