By Jessica A Badebye
Nigerian parents are still waiting for their abducted daughters in pain amidst looming anxiety of the future of their children, while the story continuously gains international traction. It is now a month since more than 200 young girls aged between 16-18 were taken from their school dormitories on the night of 14th April, 2014 in the Nigerian State of Borno and the girls’ families are fast loosing hope for their rescue following recent condemnation of the Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan, that he had been too slow to react to the unfortunate incident.
According to a press release received by The London Evening Post (The LEP), the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson’s Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, Ms Bineta Diopas strongly condemned the horrific abduction of young girls from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. Ms Diopas urged Boko Haram to release the girls unharmed, and return them to their families, where they rightfully belong as she conveyed her sympathy to the families of the missing children
She warned Boko Haram that attacks against the liberty of children and targeting schools are prohibited under International law, therefore cannot be justified under any circumstance. “Schools are and must remain places of safety and security, where children can learn and grow in peace. Girls and young women must be allowed to go to school without fear of violence and unjust treatment and exercise their rightful role as equal citizens of the world,” she added.