Female Batch A members of the National Youths Service Corps in Bayelsa State on Thursday staged a peaceful protest against the continued hostage of school girls from the Government Girls’ Secondary School in Borno State.
They called on the Federal Government and relevant authorities to stop the politicisation of the rescue operation and secure the girls’ release.
The corps members brandished placards with inscriptions such as: ‘What is the fate of our abducted daughters?’ ‘Government should ensure their release’, ‘All we need is the release of our abducted sisters’, ‘Bring back our girls’, ‘Stop the bombing! Stop the killings! Stop the abductions’ among others.
The protesting corps members began the procession from the Corpers’ Lodge at Onopa and marched through Imgbi Road in Yenagoa.
They staged the protest at the entrance into the Azaiki Public Library, venue of the 75th birthday celebration of a former minister, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas.
While some of the protesting corps members commended the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan for the mature handling of the security operations against insurgency in the Northern part of the country, others called on politicians to support the renewed security efforts to locate the abducted girls.
They asked politicians to stop using the disappearance of the girls as another means of politics.
A corps member, Miss Vivian Hildabo, said, “We are concerned and worried about the plight of the the abducted girls and other Nigerian women in the troubled zones of the North.”
Meanwhile, the Civil Liberties Organization has commended the President of United States, Barrack Obama and other international leaders over the offer to assist the Federal Government in the battle against insurgency and rescue operations of abducted school girls.
The CLO in a statement by the Bayelsa State Chairman, Chief Nengi James, described the offer by the United States,United Kingdom and international community as commendable and the acceptance by President Goodluck Jonathan as unprecedented.
The CLO said such offer was a necessary step to rescue the abducted school girls and save the nation further mourning from the bomb attacks by terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
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