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Children's Day: Let's Have Our Girls Back, Group Appeals To Boko Haram

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, (THEWILL) â€' The Community Defence Law Foundation (CDLF), a grass-root based civil society organisation that works to introduce and achieve education among youth groups in Nigeria has appealed to the Boko Haram sect to, in the spirit of the celebration of Children's Day on Tuesday, free the Government Girls Secondary School students they abducted last month in Chibok.

The group made the appeal Monday in a statement issued by its Programme Manager, Uzodinma Nwaogbe, saying 'This is about the seventh week these girls were abducted from their school and care of their parents, kept in the thick forest camp of Sambisa without proper care and medication.'

CDLF therefore appealed to the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, and all its members to show human kindness, love for children and respect for human dignity and, release the girls to go to their respective homes.

'There is no amount of threat, intimidation or abduction that would dissuade parents from sending their girl-child to school. Nigeria, like the rest of the world has moved away from harmful practices against women, denial of education and early marriage inclusive. The Boko Haramists must begin to realise the value, vital and significant roles women play to shape the world economy and politics as a result of acquiring education,' the statement said further.

According to the statement, 'It is CDLF's believe that the period of quarantining our women within the home and allowing only the male children acquire education are over and dead. They must be allowed, encouraged, supported to contribute their intellect at all spheres of life and nation building hence, Girls Must Go To School!'