To spur the federal government into taking action in the rescue of the over 200 girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, the Speak-Out-Saturday (SOS) coalition at the weekend held yet another rally in Lagos.
This was as the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, yesterday lent his voice to the call for the rescue of the girls in a prayer session.
The coalition, which was formed after the April 14 abduction of the girls, took off for the rally from CMS Road, Marina, Lagos, where the protesters decried the lapses in the time frame for their rescue.
The Chairman, Governing Council, National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Chidi Odinkalu, said Nigerians must agree to elevate some things above partisan politics especially public-safety, wellbeing of the children and defence of hard-won democracy.
He said: “Today in Nigeria, we have a rampaging youth, a dearth of jobs and skills, poisonous political rhetoric, abysmal public ethics, incapable public institutions and a public space dominated by corruption.
“I think asking the #BringBackOurGirls movement to channel its demands to Boko Haram rather than to Government demeans our country and impoverishes our values.
“56 days into these crimes, there are many things we still don’t know including, how many girls were indeed kidnapped, how the abduction of so many young women happened in an area under emergency without as much as the discharge of one bullet in their defence or honour.
“How did the abductors go from Chibok to their hideouts without meeting any resistance and why did the authorities exposed the girls to the hazard of undertaking these examinations under circumstances of clearly inadequate security?”
Also, the leader for the SOS, Ms. Yemisi Ransome Kuti, urged participants to continue to lend their voices until the girls were brought back home alive and now.
She said: “We are more than capable, we are more than the task and we are saying enough is enough. We want to deal with the inequities and the corruption that is creating problem. We want our children to feel being loved in Nigeria tomorrow. That is the Nigeria we want.”
Others present at the campaign were the Chief Executive Officer, Murtala Mohammed Foundation and Coordinator for the BringBackOurGirls Lagos, Ms. Aisha Oyebode, among others.
Meanwhile, Pastor Adeboye took to his Facebook page to say a word of prayer for the missing Chibok girls who have been missing for 56 days now.
Adeboye, who stressed that help was on the way said, “Father, you know where our daughters are. Rescue them now. #HelpIsOnTheWay.”
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