Now is the time to rescue our daughters, says Kwankwaso

Now is the time to rescue our daughters, says Kwankwaso

Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:31 pm

Governor Musa Kwankwaso

Governor Musa Kwankwaso


Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has called on politicians and opinion leaders in the country to come speak with one voice in condemning the abduction of 234 girls from their hostels in a girls’ secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

Kwankwaso spoke while receiving members of the civil society organisations who stormed Kano Government House in protest over the abducted girls by the Boko Haram insurgents.

“I believe this is the time to call on all of us to support Nigeria; this is the time to bury all our differences, especially those that are being created by politicians, to come and support this country. These young girls that were abducted are not only Muslims or only Christians. And this is the time for all of us also, to close ranks and ensure that these young girls are identified and returned to their parents and to the school.

“I am sure the message, especially in the last few days, is very clear to the leadership in Abuja (Presidency). Maybe they do not understand the gravity of the issue. People are beginning to understand the calamity that has befallen our country, Nigeria. It is our collective responsibility to check the trend, to stop it and ensure that every child of school age goes to school without any fear,” Kwankwaso stated.

“We are as concerned and as worried as you are, we feel very sad as parents, we feel as sad as members of the (Chibok) community and we feel very sad as leaders of this state and by extension leaders in the country” he added.

The governor stressed that it is the responsibility of any government, not only in this country but all over the world, to protect life and property, to ensure freedom of speech and freedom of movement, adding that his administration, on its part, would continue to guarantee citizens’ rights within its limit.

Governor Kwankwaso, who expressed grief over the unfortunate incident, told the civil society groups that their letter would be delivered to the President within 24 hours in view of the gravity of the matter.

In his remarks, A. B. Mahmoud, a senior advocate, said if Nigeria cannot handle the case of the abducted girls, it should seek assistance from other countries, pointing out that the abduction of 234 girl students is a national disaster. He expressed hope that the authorities concerned would be providing accurate information to Nigerians on the matter until the kidnapped girls are rescued.

In their respective speeches, the chairman of the forum, Malam Bala Abdullahi and a mother, Amina Hanga, a lawyer, said the case of the abducted girls is traumatic to their parents and other well-meaning Nigerians, appealing to the state governor, whom they described as a credible, fearless and honest leader, to ensure that the federal government takes appropriate action toward bringing the agony to an end.

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