Dame Patience Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria has called for the release of the school girls abducted by insurgents in Chibok, Borno.
Dame Patience Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria
In a statement signed by Ayo Adewuyi, Media Assistant to the First Lady in Abuja, Jonathan appealed to the perpetrators to release the innocent girls and embrace dialogue to settle their differences.
The first lady was pained as a woman and mother by the reported abduction of the girls.
She said the action was “inhuman and needless perpetration of evil against innocent school children.
It has again become necessary for us to strengthen the advocacy for resolving differences in our society in a peaceful manner, to avert violence and wars in our country.
No nation profits from a regime of fear and insecurity because where there is no peace, there cannot be development,” the statement said.
She said that Nigeria had suffered enough severe loss due to violence and destruction.
“There is the need to put a stop to all these, in order to put the nation back on track and enable our leaders to focus on development,” she stated.
Jonathan called on Nigerians to intensify their prayers for God to touch the hearts of the evil perpetrators, to enable the nation to overcome acts of terrorism.
Meanwhile Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State promised to give N50 million to any individual or group that would volunteer credible information on the whereabouts of girls abducted at GGSS Chibok on Monday.
The visibly shocked governor addressed a press conference at the government house today.
“Even in Islam, women and children are spared during war,” he said.
Shettima said 14 of the abducted girls have returned and he is in touch with the principal of the school and the district head of Chibok.
As reported earlier today over 80 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State who were abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram sect were rescued on Tuesday and Wednesday morning by a group of vigilante, local hunters and soldiers.