Women from all walks of lives on Thursday took to the streets of Lagos, protesting gruesome murder of over 50 school children in Yobe State and the abduction of 25 girls by the dread Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
We gathered that protest took place simultaneously in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja, with the women expressing displeasure over the senseless killing in Northern Nigeria.
Dressed in black attire, the women chanted mournful songs in memory of the students, brandishing placards laden with messages such as “Nigerian women mourn, stop the killing of our children, Never again shall the blood of our children be spilled,” “Stop the killing and abduction; Nigerian women and mothers say,” “Our children cry for justice,” “United we stand against murdering of our children”.
Others read, “Enough of senseless killings,” “No to murder,” “Our children’s murderers must be brought to book,” “Stop the killing,” “God help Nigeria,” “Stop the slaughtering of our children” and “Make Nigeria safe for our children.”
President, Women Arise Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin said the women were tired of the killing adding that much still needs to be done to halt the ugly trend.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of Nigerian Women Mourn, Laila Matthew Daniel said the Nigerian women are concerned about the increasing spate of violence and attendant loss of lives and property in Northern part of country.
“We are particularly moved by the senseless killing of innocent children in the Federal Government College, Yobe and the abduction of 25 girls from their schools in Bornu. We commiserate with the families of the slain children, women and men of Adamawa and Bornu States and join in solidarity to say ‘no more! Enough is enough of the killings.
“We are saddened that this situation has been left to fester for so long with no noticeable resolution on the part of government and related bodies. We are calling on the government to quickly identify lasting solutions to end the mayhem and bloodshed; to ensure that members of the affected communities, particularly women are included at the decision-making table,” she stated.
While calling on government to compensate the victims, she appealed to the sect to put an end to the massacre.