BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
ABUJA—SENATORS, yesterday, pleaded with the Federal Government and authorities of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, to ensure that the educational aspirations of the female students of Government Girls College, Chibok, Borno State that were abducted and now released by suspected Boko Haram insurgents were not truncated.
The senators also pleaded with those holding the remaining eight female students to release them as they were innocent and had not committed any crime that could warrant such trauma they are subjected to.
Making the appeal in Abuja through Senator Magnus Abe representing Rivers South East, the senators specifically appealed to government and WAEC to find another school or centre where the girls can write their final papers elsewhere in the state or alternatively the Federal Capital Territory.
Senator Abe said government must not allow the Boko Haram sect score victory of any kind over the students by allowing them to forge ahead with the dream of acquiring education.
He said, “We call on the Federal Government and particularly, WAEC to help these girls write their final exams elsewhere. In doing so, they should provide enough security for them to write their exams and also, make sure that if need be, they can be taken out of Borno and even bring them here to Abuja to conclude the exams.
The dream of these girls shouldn’t be thwarted by the Boko Haram. This is not a time for blame-game on any side but the whole nation should rise as one to ensure that the other girls in the custody of this sect are released and re-united with their parents, unharmed. We should all work with the Borno State Government to secure the release of the remaining girls. We are also parents and we plead that the dream of these girls should not be allowed to end because of this unfortunate and harrowing incident.”
It will be recalled that the Boko Haram insurgents, Tuesday, abducted about 100 female students of a public school in Borno State who were writing their West African School Certificate examinations. The abducted students, according to security sources, were among the over 250 WAEC/SSCE candidates of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in the southern part of Borno.