Daily Trust (Abuja)

12 May 2014

Nigeria: Chibok Schoolgirls - Women to Hold Nationwide Protest

Lagos — Women from various Non-Governmental Organisations will today embark on a nationwide protest to demand release of the abducted Chibok school girls.

National co-ordinator, Women Arise, Joe Okei-Odumakin, who disclosed this at the weekend, said it was worrisome that while people were clamouring for the unconditional release of the Chibok girls, the insurgents abducted another 11 girls.

She said her group, Women Arise, will lead the protest, adding that the women will march on the streets of Lagos, Akure, Onitsha and other cities across the country.

"We are staging a mother-of-all protest starting from Monday. We are not going to fold our arms. We want the government to bring back our girls alive. We want the government to compel the governments of Cameroon and Chad to stop giving free passage to these criminals," she said.

Also, Women of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos chapter, led by

Mrs. Kemi Nelson, have enjoined Nigerian women not to keep quiet over the issue. They condemned women in politics who according to them are politicising the abduction issue.

Speaking with journalists in Lagos, the APC women said they will continue to agitate.

"We are clear in our minds about what is happening and what our demands are. Return the girls to safety; arrest and bring to justice the kidnappers. Anything short of that will present this government as incompetent, uncaring and insensitive," the women leader said.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola at the weekend charged a group of protesting artistes, models, Nolly wood stars and other volunteers to, in their private capacities volunteer information that could help security agencies find the girls.

Fashola, who spoke at the State House, Marina, while receiving the group led by the organizer of The Future Project, Mr. Adebola Williams, said such information, including talking to people who have resided in that part of the country and those who have friends or relations there who could volunteer information on issues such as possible places where people could be kept would go a long way to change the country's current mood to a positive one.

He implored the people to send such information to his office or that of security agencies.

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