Fresh protest in Abuja over abducted Chibok girls

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Almost six months af­ter over 200 second­ary schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok community in Borno State, some Nigerians yesterday staged a fresh protest over the incident, calling on govern­ment to do everything ‘neces­sary’ to rescue them.

The protesters, who con­verged on the Eagle Square in Abuja under the aegis of Citi­zens Arise Movement of Ni­geria (CAMN), said the fresh protest became necessary fol­lowing the alleged insensitiv­ity of the Federal Government to the plight of the over 200 Chibok girls.

The protesters numbering about 200 moved round the Federal Secretariat, chanting various anti-government songs to denounce the state of affairs in the country.

Coordinator of the group, Dino Melaye condemned President Goodluck Jonathan’s speech on the occasion of the nation’s 54th Independence, stressing that apart from the fact that it was not inspiring, his alleged reluctance to speak on the fate of the girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists was unacceptable.

He said the constitution con­ferred on president the status of a “father and as such, he should be concerned about the plight and welfare of the people in line with section 14 of the 1999 Constitution.”

The former House of Rep­resentatives member also cas­tigated the president for alleg­edly not doing enough to fight corruption, insisting that almost all his ministers’ are neck-deep in sleaze.

He said: “I want to say that the president’s speech this morning (yesterday) is not dif­ferent from the ones he has been giving before. It has be­come a normal tradition. Un­fortunately, the President ad­dressed the nation this morning (yesterday), the 54th birthday of Nigeria and he did not say anything about the missing Chibok girls. This is calamitous and painful. He is not the father of the nation because no father will have missing children, 219 of them and would carry on as if nothing is amiss.”

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