Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Children’s Day Celebration: Anambra children condemned FG inability to rescue Abducted chibok girls

Okechukwu Onuegbu

Children across various Primary and Secondary schools in Anambra State, Tuesday, condemned the inability of the Federal Government to rescue the over 200 Chibok school girls who were abducted from their school premises more than a month ago.
In Onitsha and other parts of the state both Public and Private schools were shut down following government directive that all Public schools celebrate this year’s Children’s day in a low key in solidarity with the abduction of some Nigerian school girls.
At Akunne Oniah Memorial Secondary School, Onitsha, no student was sited in the school premises, but private security men who manned the gate.
The school proprietor and principal, Chief Jude Onaih said that the closure was in adherence to the directive of the state government, adding that it would be unwise to celebrate the day when over 200 young school children were still in Boko Haram captivity and advised the Federal government to put politics behind and work towards the rescue of the vulnerable children.
He described Nigeria as a country with the best policies, but with poor implementation which according to him has bred “appetite for unending corruption in the system.
At Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, Nkpor near Onitsha and Ado Girls’ Secondary school, Onitsha students were seen returning home from school in their school uniforms after observing prayer sessions organized by their respective school management for safe release of the abducted Chibok school girls.
The Principal of Anglican Girls Grammar school, Lady Peace Ofoche who spoke to the press said that her school decided to engage in the collective prayer session as directed by the State Ministry Of Education, and that of youths and women Development in view of the present security situation in the country and the abducted school girls and called on all Nigerians to be their brothers’ keepers.
An SS II student of the school, Miss chidimma Ugwueri lamented that she and her colleagues were being denied the traditional children’s day celebration and the march past where children from various schools meet and exchange pleasantries, adding that this was the first time she was being denied the opportunity of celebrating the march past and called on Boko Haram insurgents to release her “friends” who are now in their captivity. 
 On his part, Speaker, Anambra State Child’s Parliament, Mr. Michael Uchime, said there is nothing worthy to celebrate this year if their colleagues at Sambisa forest are yet to be reunited to their parents.

It would be recalled that the children's Day was celebrated with less fanfare as a sign of concern for the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno, following a directive from Governor Willie Obiano, who through a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Tony Onyima in Awka that directed that all pupils and students should pray at their respective schools rather than a match pass.
``The directive is a mark of solidarity with the over 200 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, abducted by the Boko Haram Sect last month,” the statement read.

He enjoined heads of primary and secondary schools to instead, hold special prayer sessions in their schools for the release of the girls.
The statement further enjoined all churches in the state to conduct special prayers for the immediate release of the kidnapped school girls, and for an end to terrorism in the country.
May 27 is set aside by the United Nations to remember and celebrate the world’s children.
It is also a day to reflect on the importance of children as leaders of tomorrow and what the future has in stock for them.



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