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#BringBackOurGirls: Nigerians protest the kidnapping of over 200 female secondary school students
| May 02, 2014
Nigerians across the country staged protests over the kidnapping of over 200 female students of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. The female students were kidnapped in their hostels on April 15 by suspected Boko Haram assailants. Reports say the girls were loaded into trucks at night and driven into the forest by men who are suspected to be members of Boko Haram. There have been conflicting reports of the number of girls that were kidnapped. The school authorities said 234 girls were kidnapped but the Department of State Security said that 276 girls were kidnapped. None of the girls have been found since they were kidnapped. Yesterday's May Day rallies in Nigeria became the scene of protests as people took the streets in Lagos, Kano, Ilorin and Maiduguri. In Lagos, a group called the Change Movement Nigeria, led by Seun Ransome-Kuti, son of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, marched to Onikan Stadium but were met with heavily-armed policemen who said that the group did not have a permit to protest at CMS bus stop. The policemen fired tear gas at the rioters but they still made their way to Onikan stadium where they displayed placards and sand songs requesting the Federal Government and the military to take action to free the girls. They also signed a petition which they handed over to Governor Babatunde Fashola, of Lagos state, to forward on to President Jonathan. In Abuja, the protest rally was led by Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, Mariam Uwais and Saudatu Sani, human rights activists. The women, many in red outfits, marched to the National Assembly. They were addressed by the Senate President, David Mark, Speaker House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha In Ilorin, Kwara State, members of a coalition of Civil Society Organisations protested at a Workers’ Day rally organised by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress. They also released a statement that asked the Federal Government to find a solution to the current insecurity in the country. In Maiduguri, Borno State, protesters marched from the NLC secretariat to the Government House in Maiduguri, while wearing black aprons. At the Government House, the protesters expressed their displeasure over the pace at which government has been reacting to the kidnapping. In Kaduna, hundreds of women protested the kidnapping and the government's slow response. The women assembled at the Murtala Muhammed Square where the state Commissioner of Police and the Chief of Staff to the governor spoke to them. At some point, the women got upset when they were told to move closer to the podium so they could be addressed by the Chief of Staff to the governor. Reacting angrily, one of the women said "... don’t come here to play politics with the lives of the missing girls. If you want to address the women, come down to them and not them getting closer to you at the podium.” Meanwhile, at a May Day rally, President Jonathan re-emphasized his administration’s determination to end the Boko Haram insurgency and vowed to rescue the kidnapped students. he said, "He said: “The recent atrocities by terrorists, particularly the Nyanya Motor park bombing of mainly working class citizens, as well as the cruel abduction of some innocent girls, our future mothers and leaders in a very horrific and despicable situation in Borno State, is quite regrettable. “The government is constantly reviewing and upgrading mechanisms to curb this mindless act and together, with the cooperation of the citizenry, we shall triumph. Those who want to re-define our country to be seen as a country of chaos will never succeed. We will continue to work hard to ensure the security of our people." #BringBackOurGirls

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Mazi J. Obasi    Ewing, The USA.    May 04, 2014
If this is not a national wake up call against these scoundrels, one would be surprised to ask what is? Suspend everything. If it means all the population marching into this evil forest sanctuary, so be it.

How can a group of imbeciles take this nation for such a sacrilegious ride? The World have seen they have been asked to come home and join the serious rebuilding going on. They strike back with paralyzing venom. They have been promised rehab back into civilization to no avail. They have been begged to release these innocent school girls and they ride to hell with a deafening silence. Can the world bear us out now for righteous indignation?

Marshal the Security Forces. Their mission is already defined. Liberate the girls and march on wards to a freer society.
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