FOMWAN to Boko Haram: Release Chibok girls unconditionally
THE Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has appealed to fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram to release the over 200 Chibok girls in its custody without any condition.
Speaking at the association’s 29th Annual National Conference holding in Osun State, the National President of the association, Alhaja Amina Omoti, said that rather than holding the ‘innocent girls’ hostage, the insurgent group should come into the open to discuss their grievances.
She said: “As mothers, we are appealing to Boko Haram to engage the federal government in negotiation for the release of the abducted school girls, because Islam as a religion forbids making people undergo suffering and shedding of blood.”
The FOMWAN president said the recent silence on the rescue efforts being undertaken by the federal government to release the Chibok girls should not be mistaken for noting that the government was only being careful not to disclose its strategy without endangering the lives of the abducted girls.
While calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure the release of the abducted girls by “all possible means”, she added, “As mothers and grandmothers, we are deeply touched by these innocent girls’ predicament. No one should start thinking that nobody cares anymore. FOMWAN has always been in the lead for the Chibok girls’ release.
“We have been praying as mothers and know God will listen to our prayers. Mothers can’t seat back when their children are unsafe outside. Let no one think we are comfortable and not doing anything.”
Omoti also called on parents to give their girl child sound education that would make them productive and self reliant in the society.
The conference with the theme: Youths, Peace and Security, which was organised to address the prevailing insecurity in the country, was attended by about 1,200 participants across the country.
Dignitaries at the conference include the Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, and his wife, Sherifat; representatives of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar; wife of the Vice President, Aminat Namadi Sambo and Chairperson of FOMWAN’s Board of Trustees, Hajiya Aisha Lemu and the Chairman of the conference, Prof. Dawud Naobi.
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