They also asked for a ceasefire in the ongoing war on Boko Haram to allow for the return of women abducted by the terrorist group.
Leading Borno women to a programme commemorating the five years anniversary of the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls, Hamsatu Allamin, Founder/Executive Director Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, while condemning the continued abduction of women by Boko Haram, said there was no end in sight to the kidnapping of women by the insurgents.
She asked the federal government to declare a statement of emergency over the continuous abduction of women by Boko Haram in the North East.
She said: “We the women of Borno are raising this alarm now (more than ever) that targeting our sisters (by Boko Haram) has assumed declaring a state of emergency on in it, as the adage goes “If you want advance a society, target the women, and if you want to destroy a society too, target the women”, we are indeed targeted!
“Hence this clarion call for attention of the whole world (international community) that is now operating on our soil, our impartial President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (in whom a high hope for our survival lies) and the in coming Chief Security Officer of Borno State, HE Prof Babagan Umara Zulum, to passionately encourage the paths of dialogue and negotiations (while the Military campaign takes place in one hand) to secure a lasting cease fire so that all our women, girls and children in captivity will return and a halt put in place for the further abductions not only in the North East, but across the other parts of Northern Nigeria.
She lamented that Sunday marks exactly five years of the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls with 112 parents and relations of the abductees still living in “misery, pains and loss.”
She said: “To cut the story short, that women and girls are abducted is still a fact with no end in sight, including the most recent when a number of women in the convoy of the governor’s political campaign was ambushed between Dikwa and Ngala. The bitter fact about it is that no mention, no acknowledgement is ever made, not to talk of attempting to secure their freedom.”