From left, Ekiti State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social Development and Gender Empowerment, Mrs Fola Richie-Adewusi; wife of the governor, Chief Bisi Fayemi; and the deputy governor, Professor Modupe Adelabu; during a solemn procession of women groups and professional bodies to mourn slained students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday.THE deputy governor of Ekiti State, Professor Modupe Adelabu, and wife of the state governor, Chief Bisi Fayemi, on Thursday led other women in the state to march against insecurity in parts of the country.
The women, at the event called for prayers, improved security network and “eternal vigilance to end the incessant killings by the Boko Haram sect members in the Northern part of the country.”
With dirges, they expressed outrage particularly at the massacre of over 40 students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, during a solemn procession to mourn the incident, in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday.
Professional women bodies, top female political leaders and other women stakeholders joined Mrs Fayemi and Professor Adelabu and the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social Development and Gender Empowerment, Mrs Fola Richie-Adewusi in the march.
Clad in black on black and hoisting placards bearing different messages, the women condemned the seeming intractable killings in the North that had claimed thousands of lives.
Addressing the gathering, the Ekiti governor’s wife called on Nigerian mothers to join forces in prayers for the country for an end to the Boko Haram menace and for peace to reign in every part of the country.
Mrs Fayemi said, “Nigerian women have decided to speak with one voice to say enough is enough. Let’s put a stop to the killing of these innocent children; let us stop the massacre of the Lord’s anointed.
“Let there be a stop to the abduction of our children, because apart from the children who have been massacred, there are hundreds of young girls who have been abducted over the past couple of months and no one knows where they are.”
The deputy governor called for vigilance by residents and enjoined them to promptly report any suspicious movement of persons or objects to law enforcement agents to nip these attacks in the bud.
She said the time had come for the whole country to unite against the Boko Haram menace, warning that it could escalate beyond today’s flashpoints if treated with levity.
Professor Adelabu said, “The activities of the sect members is not only animalistic, but it can best be described as satanic invasion of Nigeria, which calls for prayers. Now is the time for women and indeed every Nigerian to rise and speak against this evil.”