by crossriverwatch admin
A coalition of civil society organizations in Calabar will join the rest of the world by 3pm to protest the abduction of over two hundred girls by the Boko Haram sect in Chibok, Borno State, North East Nigeria.
Rising from a meeting yesterday, leaders of Girls Power Initiative, GPI, Social Rights Action, SRA, Basic Rights Initiative, BRI and All Cross River Youths Forum, ACRIYOF, unanimously condemned the seizing of the girls and called on the terrorist sect to immediately release them.
“We, the concerned members of the Civil Society in Calabar, Cross River State of Nigeria, condemn the abduction of school children in the North Eastern part of the Country and the continuous detention of about 200 girls from Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.
“We join our voices with the parents of the affected girls and well meaning Nigerians to urge the Boko Haram sect to immediately release the abducted girls in the interest of humanity.
“We also use this opportunity to restate that the sole responsibility of the Government and Governance is the protection of lives and property. The Government must not abdicate its responsibility of guaranteeing the security of lives and property.
“We call on members of the public to be sensitive and be more conscious of their immediate environment, so as to effectively and efficiently complement the efforts of our security agencies in their effort in tackling terrorism and trafficking in children in the country”.
The groups also resolved to hit the streets today to join the rest of the world in putting pressure on the security agencies to intensify their efforts at ensuring the girls are released unhurt.
The protest is scheduled to take off by 3pm today, (Sunday) from the Girls Power Initiative, GPI head office, at Amanso Estate, Off Atimbo Road, Calabar and the general public and all those concerned about the lives of the abducted girls are invited to join the peaceful rally.
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