The minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Zainab Maina, has stated that the objective of the prayer session organised by her ministry for the release of the Chibok girls was to galvanise support for peace and security
Speaking at the prayer session in Abuja recently, Maina said, “We want to sustain the momentum and continued support for the release of the innocent young girls kidnapped in Chibok, pray for all our men and women in uniform who toil daily and at times pay the ultimate price to ensure that peace reigns in our nation; to stimulate awareness of the need for all of us to make our contribution that will ensure that terrorism is brought to an end in our country and ensure that our president and government remain steadfast and not relent in the efforts to restore peace to every part of the country.”
On her expectations, the minister stated that, it would provide a platform to express the public wish to ensure the release of the Chibok girls. She also stated that Nigerians must all strongly denounce the activities of terrorists in the country because their actions have destabilised the society. According to her, “They have brutalised our people especially the women and children and have inflicted immense pains on the psyche of our young female folks to the extent that they have become afraid of going to school.”
The minister further stated that they remain resolute and stand by the truth that education is the key to human development and must be available to all. She urged all Nigerians to take the responsibility in addressing and resolving the peculiar security challenges because it requires the integration of all groups in the society.
A participant from the Civil Society Group, Mary Adimi commended the minister for her efforts adding that, this is the most important thing in fighting terrorism because a nation who decides to push God to the background will not succeed in whatever they do.
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