Youths, under the aegis of Kibaku Youth Association of Nigeria, KYAN, yesterday in Lagos, stormed the office of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, calling for the immediate release of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok Local Government, Borno State who were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents.
234 female students had been abducted, about 3 weeks ago, by the Boko Haram group and taken to the dreadful Sambisa Forest, Borno State. While some escaped in the process, others are still being held by the sect.
The aggrieved indigenes of Chibok council, Borno State resident in Lagos, stormed the state secretariat at Alausa, Ikeja, in protest and to condemn the abduction of the innocent students after attacking their school in Chibok community.
They therefore called on the Federal Government, state governors and the military in the country to get the girls released forthwith as well as end the insurgency immediately.
The protesters displayed placards with different inscriptions, such as: “Education is not a crime, we want our girls back; Bring our sisters; Where are our sisters; Bring back our girls; hear our cries; we love our siblings; 234 innocent lives is too much to ignore; Rescue the 234 Chibok girls now and others.”
“Though we are in Lagos enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the state, however, our hearts bleed over this tragedy that has befallen these innocent young girls whom are our sisters, cousins, mothers of the unborn generation and future leaders of the country,” said Moses Zakwa, leader of the youths.
Addressing the protesters after listening to their concerns, Fashola said; “Your coming here today shows sense of brotherhood and passion for your fellow human being especially children and the Lagos state government is also concerned about the abduction of these girls.
“We are really shocked as to the resort to the abduction of innocent young children in our country. Whatever grievances the abductors have, hostage taking is dehumanising,” Fashola said.