Chibok Girls: South East Women Protest in Enugu House Of AssemblyFeatured, Latest News, News From The State Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
Scores of women in South-East under the umbrella of Women For Peace and Justice Tuesday held a peaceful protest over the abduction of over 200 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.
The protesters, drawn from various churches and women organization in the South East geo-political zone, marched from the Micheal Okpara Square to the Enugu State House of Assembly where they were addressed by the speaker, Barrister Eugene Odoh.
The women carried placard with different inscriptions such as “Freedom, Freedom, Freedom of the girls is all we want”, ” Bring Back the Abducted Girls, ” What is our World Turning Into” amongst others.
In her speech at the premises of the Enugu State House of Assembly, convener of the protest and founder/President General of Umuada Igbo Nigeria and Diaspora, Chief Dr. Kate Uzoamaka Ezeofor appealed to the abductors not to harm the innocent girls.
She said women and girls have right to life, appealing to the abductors to return the girls safely to their parents.
“We, the Women for Peace for Justice, South East are shocked, worried, concerned by the recent abduction of 234 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on the night of April 14, 2014. Ezeofor said.
“We pray God to Intervene. We are calling on the abductors to please not to harm the innocent girls and return themsafely to their parents. Women and girls have right to life. To the parents, pray, we are also praying, have courage. God will see us through” she stated.
Ezeofor, further urged the Federal, State, Local Governments and security agencies to beef up security in the wholecountry and thanked the women that participated in the protest.
Also speaking, wife of former Vice president, Mrs Beatrice Ekwueme, stated that women were concerned about the abduction of the innocent girls.
She expressed optimism that President Jonathan would do every thing within his powers to ensure that the girls werereleased unhurt.
Addressing the women numbering over two thousand, clad in red attires, Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembl, Barrister Eugene Odoh, commended them over their peaceful conduct during the protest.
He however, assured them that the Federal Government was working hard towards rescuing the girls.
Odoh, also corroborated the position of the South-East governor’s forum, that the pictures of the abducted girls bemade public, adding that unveiling full identities of the girls would make more people join hands with government in search of the missing female students.
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