Borno youths protest in­abil­ity to res­cue ab­ducted school­girls

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

Many in­di­genes and mem­bers of the Kibaku Youth As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria from Chi­bok LGA of Borno State where girls were re­cently ab­ducted from a Federal Govern­ment Col­lege by Boko Haram mem­bers yes­ter­day staged a peace­ful protest at the of­fice of the La­gos State Gover­nor Ba­batunde Fashola, de­mand­ing re­lease of the girls.

They ap­pealed to the gover­nor to pass their grievances to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan and Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State to en­sure the safe re­turn of the girls.

Speak­ing on be­half of the group, Mr. Ya­haya Chi­war said the de­ci­sion to take their grievances to the La­gos gover­nor was be­cause of his out­stand­ing record in se­cur­ing lives and property of res­i­dents of the state.

Chi­war added that what was more alarm­ing was that af­ter the par­ents of the ab­ducted girls took it upon them­selves to con­duct a search of the for­est, they dis­cov­ered the camp where the in­sur­gents were hold­ing the girls and im­me­di­ately re­ported to the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties, but were dis­ap­pointed that the federal govern­ment failed to take ac­tion.

“We are deeply af­fected and touched by the in­ci­dent as we are the ab­ducted girls’ broth­ers and sis­ters in La­gos. Our hearts bleed over this tragedy that be­fell the in­no­cent girls who are mostly our blood cousins and sis­ters and fu­ture lead­ers and moth­ers of our un­born gen­er­a­tions. More wor­ri­some is the seem­ingly re­laxed at­ti­tude of the federal govern­ment and its rel­e­vant agencies,” Chi­war said.

Re­spond­ing, Fashola

who spoke in an emo­tion laden voice, com­mended the pro­test­ers for their courage to stand up for the girls and con­demned the ab­duc­tion, de­scrib­ing it as a clear act of hostage­tak­ing which is un­think­able and de­hu­man­is­ing.

He how­ever cau­tioned the pro­test­ers against pro­mot­ing the no­tion that noth­ing was be­ing done to res­cue them, say­ing it is likely that the au­thor­i­ties are be­ing care­ful not to take steps that would hurt the girls in the res­cue process. Fashola urged par­ents of the girls not to lose hope on their safe re­turn.

Be­fore leav­ing the La­gos House, the youths who came with some women and chil­dren, pre­sented a let­ter signed by their Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Moses Zakwa, to Gover­nor Fashola for on­ward pre­sen­ta­tion to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

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