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Published On: Thu, Jul 24th, 2014

FCTA joins prayers for release of Chibok girls

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Abducted schoolgirlsStories by Stanley Onyekwere

An solidarity with the plight of 219 abducted Chibok School girls, top officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday joined some concerned citizens in Abuja, to pray for their release, after 101 days in captivity.

Peoples Daily recalls that for the past three days, concerned citizens drawn from different Non-Governmental Oganisations (NGOs) in the FCT had gathered at the Unity Fountain, near Abuja Transcorp Hilton Hotel, offering prayers for the girls’ captors to release them alive.

Earlier, on Monday, the National Council of Women Society (NCWS) held a night vigil at the Fountain, to kick of the pray for the release of Chibok girls abducted more than three months ago.

However, at the ground finale of the 3-Day prayer, the FCT minister of state, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, led other top officials of the FCTA, and offered prayers for release of the girls.

The 3-Day prayers were observed, in commemoration of the 100 days of the kidnap of Chibok girls from their school in Borno state.

In her remark, Akinjide described the 100th day as one, which stakeholders have chosen to identify with the plight of the girls, and to reaffirm the peoples’ collective commitment to their release, rescue and safe return, after 100 harrowing days in captive.

According to the minister, those who participated in the prayers are the authentic voices of true Nigerians, as what they are doing is the most important thing for the country.

She however noted that it is the top priority of government to bring back the kidnap girls alive and well.

“We assure you that the Nigerian government has the will, the resources and the strategies to win this fight; it might take time, but we are totally committed to it and victory is sure,” Akinjide assures.

A representative of the Chibok community, Bulus Mogo-Park, who thanked the groups for abandoning their differences, to pray for release of their daughters, still in captive, also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for granting audience to the parents of the girls.

However, he appealed for the deployment of more troops to fight insurgents operating in the Chibok and other areas in the North east of the country.

Coordinator of the prayers, Raph Sekibo Horsfall, said the essence of the occasion was to intercede for the release of the kidnapped young Chibok girls

“Our message to Boko haram is that they should release our girls to us; release the Nigerian women to us; release our mothers to us; release the future mother of our unborn children and generations to come.

“They are our future, and we believe in them; we love them; we want them back home. That’s what we are asking for,” he said.

On her part, representative of Gbagyi women in FCT, Mrs. Celina Gaza, said that it pains her that the insurgents are still keeping these girls (Chibok girls) in bondage, not only for days, but months; a situation she described as is uncalled for.

“We have been coming here (Unity fountain) crying and praying to God, that He should touch these people (Boko Haram) to release our girls, that’s why need to demand that they (Insurgents) should release them,” she expressed.

It would be recalled that for the first time since the abduction of the schoolgirls, Jonathan on Jonathan met with parents of the girls still in captive.



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