As the world marks International Women’s Day, today March 8, 2018, an event celebrated annually women in Trade Unions in Nigeria has ceased the opportunity to plead with the Federal Government and all the security agencies to put more effort at rescuing the Dapchi school girls that were abducted by the Boko Hram Terrorist group since Feb 19, 2018.
While addressing the women of the union, the Vice president of IndustriALL Global Union, Africa region, Isah Aremu, noted that whoever abducted the girls had abducted a nation, urging the Federal Government to put more effort and seriousness to bring back the abducted Chibok and Dapchi girls.
Aremu said “Today we use International Women’s Day to demand sensitivity and accountability on the part of all Nigerian and African Leaders to the plight of African girls including Dapchi and Chibok abducted girls. Whoever abducts girls has abducted a nation. An injury to Chibok and Dapchi girls is an unacceptable injury to humanity. Our leaders should acknowledge that we are not just facing a National Disaster but a National Catastrophe.
“But regrettably, almost a month after, the girls are yet to be found. Indeed the body languages of the President, Governors and Legislators who are charged with the responsibility of protecting lives and rescuing the girls, show un-seriousness about the plight of the girls. Just last week, in a reported surprise attack on the 3rd Battalion in Rann headquarters of Kala-Balge, the terror inflicted damage, abducted three aid workers (two from ICRC clinic team, one from UNICEF) in addition to killing a UNICEF doctor, and two workers from the International Organization for Migration.”
Also, leading women groups in the country have urged the Federal Government to take steps towards achieving gender equality, they called on the National Assembly to ensure passage of the gender and equal opportunities bill.