29 April 2014

Nigeria: Chibok Schoolgirls - Women to Hold Massive Abuja Protest Wednesday

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Islamists hold girls kidnapped from schools.

Some women in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, under the banner of "Women for Peace and Justice", will stage a peaceful protest to demand the release of the remaining 230 female students kidnapped in their hostel in Chibok, Borno State.

About 273 girls, students of the Government Secondary School, GGSC, are believed to have been abducted by members of the Boko Haram on April 14.

Forty-three of the girls have been found and reunited with their family, with many of that number escaping from their abductors.

Over 14 days after the kidnap, the girls are yet to be found.

The Women for Peace and Justice, therefore, decided to hold a one million protest march Wednesday 30 to stress the plight on the girls.

"The procession will start from the Unity Fountain, Maitama [by Transcorp Hilton] and march to the National Assembly to and the office of the National Security Adviser to deliver letters to the Senate President, Speaker and National Security Adviser respectively. The procession will then march back to the Unity Fountain and the selected spokespersons will address the crowd and the media," the spokesperson of the women, Hadiza Usman, said in a statement.

The women also raised pertinent questions for the federal government.

"Why has more protection for our children in schools in the N.E not been provided even after the devastation and pain of the 59 innocent children murdered in FGC BuniYadi on February 25 2014?"

"How is it possible in the age of drones and Google Maps and aerial shots that over 200 girls will vanish without a trace?"

"How is it possible that in places where there is a state of emergency 4 trucks and numerous motor bikes can move around in convoy - undetected by the military - into the school at Chibok and then out of the school and to a location unknown?" the women asked in the statement.

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