Physically-challenged pupils protest abduction of Chibok girls in Ibadan

By Oluwatoyin Malik

The Special Adviser to the Oyo State governor on disability, Prince Paul Adelabu, has called on Boko Haram insurgents have pity on mothers and bring the abducted students of Federal Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. Adelabu spoke in Ibadan on Tuesday during a protest march by physically-challenged students from different special schools in Oyo State, organized by a non-governmental organization, Star Children Development Initiative, against the abduction of the Chibok girls, in place of the usual Children’s Day celebrated worldwide. Activities on this year’s edition of the celebration of children had been suspended by states in Nigeria in view of the Chibok girls who were still being held hostage in Sambisa Forest. Pointing out that it was the first of its kind since the issue of ‘Bring-back-our girls’ started, Adelabu said “this special edition is a spiritual one”, declaring that in as much as the physically challenged people were already involved in the passionate appeal for the release of the girls, the insurgents would set them free in no time. “We are special, who were born and brought up in a special way and when we delve into any issue, ther must be a solution. We are assuring Nigerians that children with disability identify with the plight of the girls and we believe strongly that since we are now involved, they would be set free soon,” he said.

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He said that the girls had been disabled by being kept in the forest against their will, saying “we want them back.”

Also at the occasion, the Founder and Convener of Shafaudeen in Islam, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, described the abduction saga of the Chibok girls as a fall-out of the state of insecurity created by political vendetta of the Boko Haram.

Prof. Olagoke, who was part of the protest walk by the physical-challenged and mentally-retarded, said that the students’ abduction and the killing of 173 teachers in the North was an assault on humanity and the nation’s security forces, as well as a double travail for the students’ parents and other Nigerians.

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