Soyinka tasks incoming govt on bringing back Chibok Girls

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LAGOS – Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka on Tuesday incoming government in Nigeria to reinforce efforts to bring back missing Chibok Girls.

Soyinka made call at a forum organised by Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President Women Arise, one year after girls were taken away.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that more than 200 schoolgirls were on April 14, 2014, abducted the Chibok Government School in State.

Nigeria’s President- Elect, Gen , had on Monday to do everything possible to find the missing girls.

Speaking at the forum which held at the Airport Hotel Ikeja, Soyinka Nigerians to join hands the government to ensure that the children were found.

“We must sure that such assault on humanity doesn’t happen again.

“The survival humanity and the nation must remain paramount,” he said.

According to him, terrorism is not a Nigerian phenomenon alone and may not be going away soon.

“However, we must not get used to . children are being dehumanised. I believe that responsibility is to assist by becoming vigilant.

“We must become policemen/women; vigilante of communities. We must encourage others to be protective members of their community,” Soyinka said.

Prof. Pat Utomi , in contribution, said that humanity, the world over, was a shared one and anything that diminished any human and did not touch others was bad.

“Terror is not something we should tolerate. We must confront terror and not sit in our homes complaining.

“We must stand up to enforce what we demand. The measure of the progress of any civilisation is how they the dignity of the human person.

’s not just about rescuing the girls alone but about staying together and fighting for what is right.

is however important to recognise that nothing done without a strategy,” he said.

Utomi suggested that plans must be put in place that would help rehabilitate the girls when they eventually return.

“Their psyche must have been so tampered . The nation must ensure that they are re-oriented,” he said.

On the just concluded elections, Utomi said: “We can hope that we have started moving forward.

“We used to be a people that assumed nothing will change but we are beginning to realise that things can change, so, it is a new dawn for our country,” he said.

In her speech, Mrs Funmi Tejuosho, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, expressed concern over what the missing girls could be passing through.

“These children are lost and we don’t know what is happening to them. We must never relent until they are found,” she said.

In her speech, Dr Okei-Odumakin, who is also the President of Campaign for Democracy (CD), said that more should be done to enhance of lives and property in Nigeria.

“The whole world stood in unison to call for the return of our girls since they were taken the Chibok school.
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“We will continue to raise awareness and to insist that our military better welfare to their morale.

“We want to tell the terrorists that we can never give up our girls.

“We also want to challenge the President-Elect on seeing that the girls are re-united their parents,” Okei-Odumakin said.

NAN reports that Mrs Ganiyat Fawehinmi, Ms Yeni Kuti and some stars, among others, were also at the event. (NAN)
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