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Parents protest killings of students in Yobe

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Parents of students in Federal Government colleges,also known as Unity Schools, have protested in Lagos the killing of over 50 students in Yobe State by Islamic terrorists, Boko Haram.

The protesters stormed the Lagos State Governor’s Office, Alausa, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria lamenting the massacre of school children and other innocent people in Yobe, Borno States and other parts of northern Nigeria.

The protesters, under the aegis of Unity Schools Old Student 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 left much to be desired.

They condemned the killing by the sect by after attacking Bunu Yadi, Yobe state; burning their hostel, classrooms and several houses noted that the incidents have plunged the region into a war situation.

The protesters who dressed in black to express their concern over the continuous killing in the northern region, chanted different dirge, appealing to the Federal Government, State Governors and the military agencies in the country to end the insurgency.

The protesters carried placards, some of which read: “Boko Haram, stop killing our children,” “Fashola, Speak for the voiceless,” and “Enough of senseless killings.”

Each of the protesters also held placards bearing the names of the students who were killed in the Yobe school attack.

Mrs. Ibiyemi Olufowobi, spokesperson of the protesters decried the high level of insecurity in the North, saying that the attack on the Yobe School had defeated the purpose while Unity Schools were established.

“Unity schools are established to foster unity irrespective of the language, faith, ethnic and tribe and development in the country. We demand that the Federal Government offers free medical service to all the victims of previous attacks, Bunu Yadi attack and subsequent attacks; and compensate the families of the victims. My child in one of the Unity Schools in Lagos, is already panicking that his school could be attacked by the Sects,” she lamented.

“The only thing we could do was to embark on this protest, to draw the attention of the President, Goodluck Jonathan and other governors of the 36 states to the plight of the students of these schools,” Mr. Bestman Izi, another protester said.

Governor Babatunde Fashola received the protesters, saying that he would deliver their letter to the president.

He said the problem of insecurity was one that every hand must be on deck to tackle, while he assured Lagosians of government’s resolve to protect lives and properties.



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