By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
Youths and Students in Borno state led by Comrade Yusuf Tom and Miss Fatima Zanna Maliki have given government 40 days from the day(April 14, 2014) of the abduction of the female students of Chibok Government Secondary School by suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents, which is expected to lapse on May 24, 2014, stating that, if by then the girls were not released they are going to mobiles students nationwide and gathered at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, where they hope to go on hunger strike until government do everything within it’s power to release the abducted students.
The students who condemn in strong terms the abduction of the female students also urged the Federal Government to to step up it’s effort towards speedy resolution of the security challenges in the country, as it has taken so long and it’s constantly taken different dimension.
The youths who briefs journalists in Maiduguri, today, Monday said, Borno state is under the state of emergency rule and by this pronouncement as state in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria section 305, which states that, all other powers bestowed on the governor of the state is suspended, which also translate to the fact that, the Federal Government is the only entity solely responsible for all security situation in the state, as such the stakeholders should stop passing blame and face the task of securing the release of the abducted female students.
While answering questions from the journalists, the students, also said that they are not quoting section 305 which suspends all powers bestowed on the governor as a means of calling on the Presidency to replace the giver or with a military administrator, but that, they are appealing to the presidency to ensure that, it uses the military powers at its disposal under the emergency rule to check the activities of insurgents as well as ensure the release of the over 200 Chibok girls in the custody of Boko Haram Insurgents.
The students who also commended the efforts of the civilian JTF towards ensuring return of peace in the state capital also called on youths in the state to be law abiding and embrace peaceful means in addressing their grievances.
They also said that, in the view of the fore going, they are mobilizing their fellow students from all schools across Borno state on May 7, 2014, which according to them, would be a lecture free day for them to sympathies with themselves and families of the abducted girls and other victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the state and northeast in general.
” We are also urging the first lady of Nigeria, our mother, Dr. dame Patience Jonathan to play motherly role in the present challenges facing our country rather than apportioning blame. Borno state student and youths are suffering educationally and otherwise, our teachers are being killed, lectures kidnapped, students abducted and slaughtered, school burnt and academic activities are paralyzed.” the students said.