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Catholic group protests abduction of Chibok school girls


IJEBU-ODE –  A group,  Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of  Ijebu-Ode Catholic Diocese, Ogun, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in the  rescue of the abducted  school girls in Chibok, Borno.
More than 200 school girls were abducted by the  Boko Haram sect on April 14.
 JDPC organised a protest in  Ijebu-Ode metropolis  to mark  50 days of  the abduction.
JPDC Director, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ngoyi,  told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of the protest that Nigerians must not relent until the girls were brought back alive.
“We have waited for 50 days now and we  think the situation warrants more urgency than ever before in ensuring these girls are rescued.
“Of course, we do not advocate them being rescued with force as this may jeopardise their safety,” Ngoyi said.
He said that JDPC would support government in its effort to rescue the girls even if it meant adopting a negotiation strategy with the insurgents.
Ngoyi also said government needed to diversify its strategy in reducing unemployment if it were to surmount security challenges.
“The people have the right to have a responsive government, one that cares, while the citizens’ responsibility is to ensure that government does its job,” he said.
The cleric, however, advised  Nigerians  not to take laws into their hands through self help, but rather report any suspicion of vice to the appropriate authorities for immediate action. (NAN

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