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NLC Mobilises Workers Over Return Of Chibok Girls

Posted: Apr 13, 2016 at 9:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 

…Why They Are Still In Captivity, By Ezekwezili, Shehu

 

Innocent Oweh

ABUJA

 

The leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday directed its 50 affiliate industrial unions nationwide and six million organised members to join the world to demand for the safe return of the Chibok school girls two years after their abduction by members of Boko Haram.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, gave the directive via a statement to commemorate the second anniversary of the BringBackOurGirls (BBoG) campaign.

He lamented: “These girls were criminally abducted from their school of learning by Boko Haram terrorists. Precisely 276 schoolgirls were abducted in their school, 57 escaped, 219 remained missing till date. As many as 17 of their parents have reportedly lost their lives as a result of the trauma and many are daily agonizing.”

To this end, he called on “Nigerian government to intensify the security measures to liberate the girls.

“We acknowledge the commendable efforts of Buhari administration to smash the dens of the Boko Haram terrorists. The point cannot be overstated that only the return of Chibok girls would convince the world that the war on terror in Nigeria is not just the war to reclaim territories but to regain lives.”

Wabba who noted that the 219 missing girls are future workers, mothers not just statistics, alleged that those who abduct 219 girls out of school have definitely criminally abducted communities of future doctors, nurses and leaders.

“We must therefore join forces with the forces of progress and development worldwide to join forces for the liberation of our beloved girls of Chibok.

“By this statement we have also directed all our affiliates and state chapters nationwide to join the week long activity under the theme: ‘HopeEndures’ to rescue the girls abducted from Government Secondary

School, Chibok, Borno State in April 2014,” he said.

The demand for the return of Chibok girls is also part of the planned day of protest on the state of the nation.

Meanwhile, Oby Ezekwezili, former Minister of Education, and Emman Shehu, Director, International Institute of Journalism, Abuja, have taken a swipe on the Federal Government over its inability to rescue the abducted Chibok girls two years down the line.

Shehu argued that the girls were still in captivity because they were not children of the elite class, noting that the crop of leaders currently saddled with governance have failed the abducted girls.

“Both governments have failed the Chibok girls, they have also failed the people who are not highly positioned because if Chibok girls were children of highly placed people in the society, they would have been rescued long before now.

“Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan failed the girls and Buhari has consolidated that failure, the number one priority of the government is to provide security but such has not been the case for the Chibok girls. We will keep hoping as we are demanding that something must be done to rescue them. 219 citizens can’t be lost like that. It’s not possible,” he said.

Ezekwezili who is also a leader of BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), an advocacy group championing calls for the rescue of the missing girls said there must the credible intelligence to locate and rescue the girls.

She said the girls represent how the nation cherishes its human capital.

Her words: “Our country has let the ?girls down, but we hope that it could rise up to the occasion by not continuing to let those girls down.

“There must be credible intelligence and our girls must be brought back.”

The BBOG has part of its global week of actions to mark the two years of abduction of the girls at its 712 days of advocacy organised music presentation, poetry rendition as well as drama to drum support for the rescue of the girls.