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Parents, Groups Protest Killing of Yobe Students in Lagos

Moved by the ruthless killing of school children and other innocent people in Yobe, Borno State last week, parents and groups of rights activists on Monday stormed the office of the Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola to protest the heinous act. 


The teeming protesters who are mostly parents under the aegis of Unity Schools Old Students Association, (USOSA), said the killing of students of Federal Government College, Yobe State and others who were slain in the northern region of the country consecutively leave much to be desired. 


The aggrieved parents who staged the protests at the governor’s office, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, condemned the killing of the 43 students who were killed by Boko Haram sect after attacking Bunu Yadi, Yobe state. 


They said the incidents have plunged the region into a war situation. The protesters who all dressed in black attire to express their concern over the continuous killing in the northern region, also chanted different dirge , urging the Federal Government, State Governors and the military agencies in the country to end the insurgency. 


The protesters brandished placards with the inscription, “Boko Haram, stop killing our children’, Fashola Speak For the Voiceless “, Enough of senseless killings,” among others. 


As they ruminate on the violent act that has come to define human existence in the region, each of the protesters held placards bearing the names of the students who were killed in the Yobe school attack. 


Some of the names on their placards were: Peter John, Abbas Ibrahim, Musa Y. Buba, Hamadu Bala, Ali Ayuba and others. 


Speaking on behalf of the protesters Mrs. Ibiyemi Olufowobi lamented that the state of insecurity in the North, has defeated the essence for the establishment of the unity schools in the country. 


Olufowobi said the unity schools were established to foster unity irrespective of the language, faith, tribe and the different levels of development in the country.


She demanded that the Federal Government offer free medical service to all the victims of previous attacks, Bunu Yadi attack and subsequent attacks; and compensate the families of the victims.


The spokesperson lamented that her child in one Unity school in Lagos, was already panicking that his school could be attacked by the Sect.


Receiving the letter brought by the protesters for onward transfer to President Goodluck Jonathan, Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola assured residents of the state of adequate security of lives and property.


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