BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI & SUZAN EDEH
Bauchi — The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Bauchi State chapter has said that 173 teachers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno and Yobe State since the insurgents started their terrorist activities
The state Chairman of the union, Danjuma Sale made this known yesterday, during a one day protest in support of the over 200 students of Government Girls Secondary School, GGSS, abducted by Boko Haram last month in Chibok, Borno State.
Thousands of primary and post-primary school teachers in Kwara ara State yesterday also protested along major streets of Ilorin over 200 schoolgirls and the killing of 173 teachers by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Addressing a crowd of teachers who marched through the streets in Bauchi to the Government House over the issue, Sale said, “we demand that the federal and all the state governments in the country exhibit true concern for the affected families of the 173 teachers in Borno and Yobe States who lost their loved ones to the barbaric, uncivilized and wicked act of the terrorists by paying them adequate compensation to soothe their misery.
”We are pleading with the Federal Government to do all it can to bring back the abducted girls alive. The government should also demonstrate a sense of social responsibility and concern by guaranteeing the security of lives and property in the land which are the primary priority of any responsible government.”
He further appealed to the Federal Government to provide conducive and peaceful atmosphere for learning as education was one of the major catalysts for national development.
Receiving the teachers on behalf of Governor Isa Yuguda , the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Alhaji Aminu Hammayo commended the teachers for being peaceful and pledged to deliver their message to the governor who would later take the letter President Goodluck Jonathan.
In Kwara State, Vanguard reliably gathered that the protesters came from the public schools across the 16 local government education authorities in the state .
The chairman of the NUT in the state, Alhaji. Musa Abubakar who led the procession said that, “we had received the news of the abduction as a tale from wonderland.’’
He stated further that,”the NUT joins the world to call on insurgents and their collaborators to Bring back our girls safe and alive.