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Published On: Tue, May 6th, 2014

Borno students declare May 7 lecture-free day for abducted Chibok students

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boko-kidnap-School-Chibok-girlsFrom Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

The Borno Students and Youths Alliance yesterday declared May 7 as lecture-free day, to pray for the safe return of the abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.

The spokesperson of the group, Miss Fatima Maliki, made this known at a news conference in Maiduguri.

Maliki said that the prayers would allow Nigerian students reflect over the situation, which she described, as unfortunate.

“We are pleading with students all over the country, especially those at the tertiary institutions, to observe next Wednesday as lecture-free day to enable them pray for safe return of the abducted students.

“We also plan to use the day for soul-searching and reflections over continued killings by Boko Haram insurgents in the country,’’ she said.

She appealed for understanding from authorities at the institutions for the success of the event.

Maliki also said that the group would stage a mass procession of youths on May 23, in Maiduguri if the military failed to rescue the girls.

The spokesperson threatened to mobilise students from all parts of the country as well as members of National Youths Council to embark on a sit-in demonstration at the Ramat Square, Maiduguri, “We are going to remain at the square until the students are rescued”, she stated.

“We are passionately appealing to the Federal Government to strive towards bringing back the abducted students. They are our sisters and colleagues, after 21 days of their abduction we do not know their condition of health, we do not know their where about,’’ she further said.

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