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Borno Women Stage Protest in Abuja to Demand Rescue of Abducted School Girls



Borno Protest 1

You will recall that the abducted Borno school girls were reportedly taken to Chad and Cameroon, where they have been allegedly married off to sect members for a bride price of N2,000 each (if you missed this story click here).

Enraged mothers and other concerned people of  Chibok, Borno State yesterday stormed Abuja and staged a protest to demand the rescue/release of the over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram.

Most of the protesters  who were members of the Kibaku Development Association, Chibok, began their protest at Eagle Square, then proceeded to the National Assembly, where they submitted a protest letter.

Senators Barnabas Gemade and Helen Esuene who received the protesters at the premises of the national legislature, urged angry mothers ‘to calm down and show restraint, pledging that everything would be done to secure the release of the girls in due course,’ according to Sahara Reporters.

Here are some photos from the scene:

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Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters


  1. Pat

    April 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

    This is so heartbreaking ,,,,May the good lord hear their cry,,,,,,President Goodluck please try your best to get these girls back home to their families,,,,,,,

  2. tola

    April 30, 2014 at 10:12 am

    my heart bleeds seeing this pics.jonathan ,what are you doing

  3. Sexxie

    April 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This is so heartbreaking! 🙁

  4. divea

    April 30, 2014 at 10:20 am

    very heartbreaking…

  5. TheresaO

    April 30, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Never under estimate the power of a woman’s tears! Even God Almighty is moved to act when His daughters cry out to Him and put some action behind their faith. May God bless your efforts ladies. The LORD Himsef will touch the hearts of everyone: the presidency, the military, even the abductors and the people who connived with them and their sponsors. Every one who can bring about their rescue will be touched and forced by the Almighty Himself to do the needful!

    If you are in Nigeria, please I encourage you to join these ladies in Abuja. If you are not in Nigeria, you can still join them in prayers or offer any other support. Let’s unite, regardless of religion or tribe to say enough is enough of the insecurity and fear in our land. The sponsors of these insurgents are Nigerians. No body should have to die for their selfish ambitions to be achieved. Some of us are even married to them or related to them in one way or the other. Imagine if that was your daughter or your son, would you keep quiet?

    We are in this together. The terror in Borno can also happen down south. I urge everyone, let’s put our perceived differences aside and work together. If there is someone in your office, street, school, … of another religion or tribe, please reach out to him or her. Refuse to remain in fear and suspicion and stick to just the people you know. Let’s start forming little groups of inter-religious and inter-tribal networks. Only unity and peace can save us from the evil plans of some self-seeking terrorists and their sponsors. These people are prepared to plunge us into war if it will enable them achieve their desires.

    Wars don’t just happen, they need a conducive environment of suspicions, bitterness, anger, resentment, revenge, etc. And then one spark leads to untold horrors. The Rwandan Genocide is an example. May we never experience another civil war or pogrom again, amen. But we need to arise Nigerians and unite!!!

  6. Ada Nnewi

    April 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

    It physically hurts to see people in such pain…I wonder if the senators would call for restraint if their own kids were missing..

    • noni

      April 30, 2014 at 11:01 am

      exactly i was thinking the same…

  7. Marvel

    April 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

    @ Ada, my thoughts exactly. I don’t think restraint will come into it where my children are concerned. These senators don’t still realise that they and their government have failed these young ladies. Kai, I can’t articulate my thoughts right now.

  8. Bola T

    April 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Word Theresa word. May God answer our prayers for the girls and for the country. Our coat of arms reads unity and peace but the reverse is the situation we find ourselves in. Let us all join in one voice to pray and praise God believing that this thing with BH and other perpetrators will end just like the wall of Jericho fell when the people marched around the city blowing trumpets

  9. AW

    April 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

    It is heartbreaking that this kind of thing can happen in the 21st century and the perpetrators can get away with it! Is anybody or anything safe in Nigeria again? What is the government doing? Muslim leaders where is your voice? After all it is assumed that it is one of your own that kidnapped the girls! Northern elders, this crime happened in your backyard, what have you to say about this? Are they not your daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins, neighbours?

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      April 30, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      My dear, re your question about whether anybody or anything is safe in Nigeria these days… a few weeks ago, I was sitting down with the Regional Counsel to discuss a legal issue which has been brewing and which also happened to be with a Nigerian company. The Regional Counsel is a scotsman and we were looking at options for settlement, with the realization that we may get dragged into formal dispute resolution proceedings with the Naija company.

      So I jokingly pointed out that since the contract has nominated Lagos as the venue for holding any ADR proceedings, one of us will have to go down there and since my parents live in PH, there’s no incentive for me to put myself forward. Na im the man, point-blank and with a straight face, responded that he is not going to Lagos and if it comes to that, we’ll have to look at other options. I was still trying to joke about it, asking him if he didn’t want to see the night-life there, check out a new city, etc, etc. The bobo no smile oh, just insisted that he will not be going to Lagos.

      Omo, I was somewhat vexed after that conversation and wrote him off as being a tad narrow-minded but now that I consider it against the reality of terrorism now becoming a part of Nigeria’s rap sheet, bros had very valid concerns. Imagine how my family would fret if I had to travel for a business meeting in Afghanistan? Na so Naija matter don reach, we have now become the Afghanistan of the West African coast.

      And in answer to your question, nobody is safe in Nigeria anymore, if you’re relying on Government protection. I can only pray those girls have been kept by the mercy of God and will soon be free.

    • AW

      April 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      Yes o! We are right up there with Afghanistan and the government doesn’t seem to care! All they are interested in is how they will feather their nest, fight for another term in office, batter their wives, divorce them, marry new ones, bribe EFCC, throw huge weddings parties, fly private jets. The list is endless, unfortunately the needs of the common Nigerian is not that their ‘to do list’.

  10. SMH

    April 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    This is disheartening! Nigeria is a failed country. They know where the problem began, what fuels it and how to extinguish it but they keep mute and turn a blind eye because of political ambition while the populace suffer daily. Lives are lost on the regular and no one wants to try into the matter of those helicopters giving boko haram food, drugs and ammunition.
    My sole prayer right now is for God Almighty to console these poor mothers because I cannot begin to imagine the torment they are passing through. God deliver us!

    • SMH

      April 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Pry into the matter*

  11. @edDREAMZ

    April 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I dont really knw hw they are going to pull this thing but success is waht i wish them though…..

  12. Cool cat

    April 30, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This call for nationwide action, seriously. Where is occupy Nigeria? Crossing the girls into another country is a federal issue, or does the government not know this? If our borders have no control then we have jokers at the helm of affairs. Enough is enough. We can’t sit and continue to be governed by these people. Does life mean nothing them? Is the Nigerian armed forces so incompetent that they cannot take down a faceless sect?

  13. Tincan

    April 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

    When I look at these pictures, I can’t help but see Nigeria women begging, pleading and crying for what should naturally be their rights and expectation. So sad. God save Nigeria and move her people to act on the right side – on the side of equity, justice, peace and righteousness.

  14. CarliforniaBawlar

    April 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

    “…restraint”?? “….returned in due course??”
    Someone has already tackled the matter of restraint so let me leave that one for now (not like the insensitivity can be over-flogged…)
    Please Mr. Pot-bellied senator when is due course? When these kids may have been broken/molested and some may even be dead already as it this time. Combine the pedophilia that rummages the uneducated Northerners mind with the extremism of their kidnappers, please how soon is soon enough to get these children out of the precarious situation nobody (boy/girl/man or woman) should ever be exposed to??
    Nigerian ‘leaders’ God and posterity would judge you!!

    • Blessmyheart

      April 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      I couldn’t believe I read correctly. In due course? Really? This is just heart breaking on all levels.

  15. Ibinabo

    April 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    If seeing this made me cry then only God knows and understands how these mothers feels.. May he comfort them

  16. Mz Socially Awkward...

    April 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Those senators really should have just shut the hell up. What is “everything would be done”? Not “everything is being done, as we speak”??

  17. Ides of March

    April 30, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Honestly it’s time to start handling things ‘Rawlings’ style. If you’re incompetent you MUST resign, you don’t know how? We will help you!! I’m sick of these useless old foggies in government who can’t see past their over inflated pot bellies!!!

  18. Laide

    April 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    This is truly sad..I wonder when people in government would start to feel emotions like normal people. I honestly think they are given something to eat or drink when sworn into power which makes them so ruthless..their behaviour can’t be ordinary

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