Banjul – The Banjul-based women rights group Gambia Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices (Gamcotrap) has raised concerns over the fate of the school girls who were abducted in Nigeria over three weeks ago.
Speaking at the Nigeria High Commission in Kanifing, Gamcotrap Executive Director, Isatou Touray condemned the impunity of the Boko Haram sect, which has claimed responsibility for the abduction of the first set of over 200 girls from their school in North-east Borno.
Another set of 11 girls were also kidnapped in the state, by suspected Boko Haram gunmen.
Dr. Touray said that the sect’s action transcends the borders of Nigeria to other neighbouring countries and gives it a transnational dimension, which should be a “cause of concern for all of our countries’’.
“This is a serious breach of the principles of Islam. Islam respects the dignity of the person, especially women,” Touray said.
Gamcotrap, which advocates for the protection of women and the girl child, called on the Nigerian government and the world to respond actively to deal with “these criminals” who profess to be Muslims while defiling its basic principles.
Responding, Nigeria’s Ambassador to The Gambia, Esther Audu commended Gamcotrap for its solidarity. (PANA/NAN)