The campaign saw dozens of Christian and Moslem women clad in mourning attires, including some students, embarking on a peaceful solidarity protest march through the principal streets of Ho – from the RTC Park to the Pleasure Gardens, near the Department of Parks and Gardens – early Saturday morning. Among them was also the Municipal Chief Executive for Ho, Fafa Adinyira.
The protesters carried placards some of which read, ‘Boko Haram, do not kill our daughters’, ‘Our Nigerian sisters, we support you’, ‘Away with terrorism’, ‘Africa is a united continent’, ‘Release our sisters.’ They chanted songs calling on various stakeholders to join hands to search for the girls, who have been kept in the bush by the militant group for over forty days now.
Addressing the protesters at the Pleasure Gardens, Madam Lena Alai, Volta Regional Director of the Department of Gender, called on the Nigerian government to do everything within its power to ensure the safe release of the girls to their families, whom she feared are in constant agony and pain. She added that the financiers of Boko Haram should be fished out and sanctioned appropriately.
Madam Alai further stated that the militants’ insurgency in Nigeria is a threat to the rest of Africa, and called on the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, to rally all women on the continent to condemn the atrocities of Boko Haram, while the various heads of state take steps to disband the group permanently.
Madam Alai also reminded the security agencies in Ghana to be on high alert, especially on the eastern borders, ‘to prevent any spill-over of the monstrous group into the country,’ as the international community intervenes.
Rev. Mrs. V.A. Kporxa, President of the Ho Christian Women Intercessors’ Fellowship, called for continuous prayers for the safety of the abducted students and their families, especially their mothers, ‘who are going through a lot in these difficult times.’
Some Moslem women who spoke to DAILY GUIDE condemned Boko Haram and other terrorist groups who commit atrocities in the name of Islam, describing their activities as ‘un-Islamic.’
They said Islam is a religion of peace and disassociated it from minority terrorist groups, who they observed, are trying to hijack the religion.
From Fred Duodu and Lambert Atsivor, Ho
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