Abducted Schoolgirls: OAU Students Protest, Demand Immediate Release

From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO

Students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, southwest Nigeria trooped out enmasse to protest the abduction of over 200 students of Government Girls School, Chibok, Borno state by the deadly Boko Haram sect.

The students, in spite of the ongoing second semester examinations on campus on Saturday, 10th May, 2014 participated massively in the protest demanding the immediate release of the abducted girls.

Armed with various placards with inscriptions like; “Release Our Girls Now”, “Boko Haram, Stop The Blood You Are Sharing”, “Boko Haram, Stop Tormenting This Country” among others, the students in their hundreds were also chanting songs to drive home their points.

The students had early converged at Anglomoz Car Park before they embarking on the peaceful trek to the Students Union Building Car Park where they protest terminated.

Speaking with some students during the protest, a 100 level student of English Department of the institution, Miss Hannah Akinola expressed sadness at the abduction of the “innocent children” stressing that it was a bad hit on the image of the country.

Her words: “Boko Haram has been killing and bombing innocent citizens of this country for long and they have been going scot free, so I was not surprised when the news broke that they invaded a school and abducted over 200 schoolgirls. This is the height of this terrorism and it’s high time our leaders do something about it.”

Speaking in the same vein, a male student who craved annonimity condemned the attack on the schoolgirls saying that it appeared that nowhere was secured in the country again. He then urged the federal government and concerned security agencies to do everything they can and bring back the abducted girls alive.

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