Don’t sensationalise the issue of abducted school girls, Chikwe urges Nigerians

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National women leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr (Mrs) Kema Chikwe, has reacted to the controversy trailing her speech on April 30 in Abuja at the prayer session the PDP Women’s wing held for the release of the abducted school girls of Chibok, Borno State.
In the statement she personally signed, Mrs Chikwe cautioned against sensationalising the issue of the abducted girls, saying this is not the time.
Chikwe said she remains heart broken by the incident and urged Nigerians not to allow themselves to be distracted in the effort to find a solution to the insecurity in the country.
Her statement reads in part: “As a mother, I have remained heartbroken and deeply pained by the unfortunate incident. My heart and thoughts have continued to go out to these girls and their families, hence my decision to mobilize other women to pray for them. Our prayer points included prayers for security in Nigeria, prayers for the quick recovery of the victims of the Nyanya bomb blast and consolation prayers for families of the dead, prayers for the release of theabducted Chibok school girls in Borno State, prayers for all terrorist victims in Nigeria, and prayers for Nigerian Women and Children amongst other prayer points. Christian and Muslim religious leaders led these prayers.
“However, it has come to my attention that part of my speech at the prayer session especially the questions I raised concerning the circumstances surrounding the abduction of these innocent girls was largely misunderstood. “Indeed with every sense of responsibility, I wish to reiterate that this is not the time to sensationalize issues particularly those relating to these innocent girls whose fate we are all deeply worried about.
“In this regard, we all must ensure that we are not distracted in anyway whatsoever but collectively focus our energies towards actions that will accelerate the rescue and safe return of these girls to their families, a cause for which I and the PDP family will continue in prayers.
“I therefore appeal to all Nigerians, especially the women not to relent but continue to pray along with me especially as we have been reassured that the Government and the security agencies are doing their best to ensure the rescue of our daughters.”