The Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr Bukola Saraki has applauded the decision of the federal government to accept foreign assistance to aid the release of the abducted Chibok school girls.
He said the government’s latest decision was in tandem with his suggestion on the issue.
Saraki, in a statement by his media aide, Bankole Omishore, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to “take advantage of this opening to not only utilize the expertise and equipment from our friends and allies in bringing back the abducted girls – we must take this campaign a step further: we must take the fight right to the door steps and camps of the terrorists.”
Speaking further, the former Kwara State governor said: “Nigerians have shown that we will not be cowered by the evil of this insurgency. Our global commitment during this campaign to bring back our girls has demonstrated our combined keenness on preserving the unity of our nation. We must build on this – or we shall lose our newfound momentum.
“For too long, many of our fellow citizens have lived in a deplorable state of insecurity in the country. Too many lives of our loved ones have been cut short. Too many varieties of injuries have been sustained. Still, too many families have been torn apart by terrorism within our borders.
“But enough has become enough. It is time to end this insurgency once and for all.
“Regardless of politics, creed, or ethnicity, we must continue to give our Commander-in-Chief, our military, and all our security agencies our full support.
“I call on Mr. President to further entreat the support of the international community in ending the insurgency in the country for good.”
Meanwhile, the All Kwara Women Confederation has called on federal government to expedite action to free the Chibok girls.
The association said that its members were deeply worried by the inability of the federal government to either trail the whereabouts of the girls or even update Nigerians with adequate information concerning its efforts on the rescue mission. While promising to pray along with fellow Nigerians and also do all that is humanly possible to assist in the search, the group asked President Goodluck Jonathan to mobilize all available resources in ensuring that the girls return home safely.
And in a related development, women in the state, under the aegis of Coalition of Women Associations has also condemned terror attacks on the nation, especially on children.
The coalition, which comprised of all Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), women journalists and all women organizations in the state, said this during a rally in Ilorin on Wednesday in solidarity with mothers over the abduction of over 200 school girls at Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, three weeks ago.
The women, who commenced their rally with inter-religious prayers at the NUJ Press Centre, Ilorin, later proceeded to Government House and the Emir of Ilorin’s Palace, under protection of policemen as they marched through major streets in the state capital.
Speaking with journalists, the coordinator of one of the groups, Alhaja Bilqees Oladimeji, urged the federal government to take urgent steps rather than the seeming lip service being made on the issue of security and searching for the abducted school children.
“It is the responsibility of every nation to stand with their subjects in moments of agony, especially when women and children are being targeted for attack,” she said.