A group of concerned women in Borno State on Wednesday renewed calls on Boko Haram insurgents to release the remaining abducted students of the Girls Government Secondary School, Chibok.
Spokesperson for the group, Hauwa Biu, told a news conference in Maiduguri that the abduction of the girls was a violation of their human rights and asked the insurgents to unconditionally release them if they indeed believed in and feared God.
“The abduction of the innocent young girls violates their human rights as it is a crime against humanity. Women in Borno are calling on the insurgents to please release all the girls in their custody without harming them,” Biu said.
The women said they were ready to embark on a search for the girls at the Sambisa forest if they had the backing of security agents.
They also appealed to the insurgents to lay down their arms and hold dialogue with the government.
“We wish to appeal to the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue. We assure them of our motherly support toward rehabilitating them when the need arises,” Biu said.
The women commended the efforts of the Borno and federal governments as well as the civilian JTF in addressing the current insurgency in the country, but appealed for the provision of adequate security to all schools so as to have a safe learning environment for children.