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Female lecturers protest abduction of Chibok school girls

22 May 2014, 15:59

Oyo - The National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso branch, has described the continued incarceration of the abducted Chibok school girls as ungodly.

Speaking during a rally to protest the incident in Ogbomoso on Thursday, the President of the group,  Prof.  Akin Akintunde, said the continued incarceration was "a blow"  to the promotion of girl-child education in the country.

Akintunde said that the abduction was in conflict with the Holy Books which recommended the protection of women.

She also said that the action of the abductors  negated the dictates of morality through perversion of values.

"We in NAWACS feel so bad that our future mothers are being inhumanly treated and subjected to dehumanising conditions.

"They have been forcefully made to live under strange environment without any form of dignity that every woman deserves.

"We say this is the highest level of abuse and that it further denigrates all of us as a people.

“While not blaming anybody, our concern is for our girls to be brought back to reunite with their families and be  properly rehabilitated.

"They should be compensated to continue to live a decent life that they have always been prepared for before the very rude incursion," she said.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, called for concerted efforts by  all well meaning Nigerians toward  rescuing the missing girls.

He stated that adequate security for all citizens was imperative if the nation must truly attain greatness.

“I do not think we mean becoming great as a nation if security of individuals cannot be guaranteed to the effect that meaningful plans can be embarked upon by our  nationals.

“At this point, we in LAUTECH officially record our objection to the continued detention of these girls who are our future.

"We are opposed to any form of impediments to the freedom of individuals; girls or boys, or even the aged,” he said.

 - NAN

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