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Govt urged to redouble efforts on missing girls

12 May 2014, 13:39Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Plan International, the international development organization, called on the government of Nigeria to "redouble" its efforts to secure the immediate and unconditional release of all the girls kidnapped in government school in Chibok and urged their safe return.

In a statement, it urged world governments and the international community to support the Nigerian government in tracing and reunifying the girls with their families and communities.

“Plan International is extremely concerned that, nearly a month since the Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted, they and the other girls abducted a week ago still haven’t been freed. As a children's rights organisation, we strongly condemn the multiple violations of these girls' rights, including their right to education, their right to protection and their right to survival and development,” Plan International stated.

“Every child, including all girls, has the right to learn in a safe and secure environment and to reach their full potential. Education is key to lifting children, families and their communities out of poverty, and to ensuring that they have a better future. No one should deny a child their right to education. Every day the rights of children all over the world, especially girls, are violated. Not all of these make the news, but they are just as significant in their own way.”

Subsequently, Plan International added, “We encourage all relevant bodies to clearly and wholeheartedly condemn these abductions as gross violations of international human rights law and welcome the UN Security Council’s action to that effect. Each country’s future is inextricably linked to the future of its children. These girls are the world’s children and to the government of Nigeria we say, please bring our girls safely back home.”

Members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect kidnapped the schoolgirls last month.

– CAJ News

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