Over 2, 000 secondary schools girls in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, yesterday took to the streets to demand unconditional release of the abducted Chibok girls in Bornu State.
The girls, dressed in black, from different secondary schools marched through major streets in Calabar with placards that read, “Bring back our little sisters”, “Our girls are future mothers, free
our daughters”, “Dialogue is the best option, not kidnapping of girls”, “Why use women as tools for negotiation”, “We need a safe and secure Nigeria, not abduction of girls”, “Free our girls, stop bombing and let’s talk” among others.
They were joined in the protest by members of the National Association of Cross River Students (NACRISS), Civil Society and Non-Governmental organizations in the state.
Some of the students who spoke with this newspaper said they were concerned about the plight of the abducted students whose fate still remains unknown.
They appealed to the federal to ensure the urgent release of the kidnapped girls.
“The victims and their parents should be saved the trauma they are passing through. These innocent girls should not be made sacrificial lambs.
“Today, it is students of Chibok Secondary School, tomorrow some other persons may be affected,” one of the Mary said.
The co-ordinator, Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (a civil society organization), Comrade James Ibor who also participated in the protest march said the safety of lives and property should be given priority attention by government.
According to Comrade Ibor, “the government must not abdicate its responsibility of guaranteeing the security of lives and property.”
Comrade Nse Paulinus, National Coordinator of Democratic Action League, commended the students for embarking on the protest match round major roads within Calabar metropolis.
According to him, “these are the friends of the girls in captivity. The government should listen to their cry and ensure the kidnapped girls are released safely.”
Comrade Paulinus said Nigerians were concerned about the security situation in the country and appealed to the federal government “to speed up and restore normalcy.”
The Deputy Coordinator of Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI), a Calabar based NGO, Mrs. Ndodoye Basey-Obongha also called for the unconditional release of the abducted girls.
“We join our voices with the parents of the affected girls and all other well-meaning Nigerians to urge the Boko Haram sect to immediately release the abducted girls in the interest of humanity.”