Obasanjo, Amosun Lead Protest in Abeokuta to #BringBackOurGirls
Ogun State women yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital, joined other compatriots within and outside the country to ask the federal government to draw out new strategies that would ensure the immediate release of over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.
The placard-carrying women, clad in black attire and led by the wives of Governor Ibikunle Amosun and former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Mrs Olufunso Amosun and Bola Obasanjo respectively, and the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Alaba Lawson, trooped out in a protest against the abduction of the girls by the Boko Haram sect.
The women threw the challenge at a solidarity rally, calling for their unconditional release and pleaded with the government at the centre to protect them from all forms of violence.
At the end of the protest walk which took off from the MKO Abiola Stadium through Government House in Isale Igbehin, the State House of Assembly, and terminated at the Governor’s Office, a letter of appeal asking the federal government to expedite action in the search for the girls held hostage since April 14 was delivered to Governor Amosun for onward delivery to President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.
Speaking while delivering the letter on behalf of other mothers, Mrs Amosun said they were joining other women across the globe to identify with the abducted girls and their parents who are going through hard times, pointing out that what happened to them could happen to anybody.
“Today, we women of Ogun all join our faith to lend our voices to the call by other women in the country and across the world. We want to show our sympathy for the schoolgirls that were kidnapped in their hostels in Chibok and identify with their parents in these trying times.
“We are worried about their safety, because nobody knows where they are. It is these girls today,it could happen to anyone, so we are pleading that the president does something quickly,” Mrs Amosun appealed.
Appreciating the women for joining in the solidarity walk, Mrs Amosun urged them to pray ceaselessly for fruitful results as the search for the abducted girls continues.
Responding, Governor Amosun assured the women that their letter would be delivered to the president in due course, calling on Nigerians to work in harmony and do things that would unite all tribes in the country.
“Violence will do us no good. We are all one in Nigeria, whether Muslims, Christians, Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa.”
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