Girls’ Rescue Is Long Overdue – Chibok Indigenes Tell Government
Chibok community of Abuja has pleaded with the relevant security agencies to finally rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram two months ago.
Protesters at the gate of the National Assembly, April 30, 2014. Credit: Sahara Reporters
The Chairman of the community Tsambido Hosea-Abana made the plea in Abuja on Monday at the commemoration of the Day of the African Child organised by a non-governmental organisation Actionaid Nigeria. No further delay in the release of the girls is acceptable, he said.
Hosea-Abana revealed that other girls are now scared of going to schools for fear of being abducted in the same manner.
Comfort Iliya, another participant of the meeting, encouraged parents to send their children to schools even in the face of security threats. She said that education would empower young girls and allow them to “contribute meaningfully to the society”.
“I am who I am today because I had opportunity to be educated,” Iliya stated. She also urged the security agencies to help in release of the girls as early as possible.
Responding, the Director, Human and Organisational Effectiveness, Actionaid Nigeria Funmilayo Oyefusi called on the government to provide adequate funds in the education sector for security and quality education.
Boko Haram insurgents abducted more than 250 girls from the dorms of the Government Secondary School in Chibok on April 15. In spite of international assistance and pressure by civil society groups, the students still remain in captivity.
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