OrderPaperToday – A protest by parents and sympathizers of kidnapped Kaduna students rocked the National Assembly on Tuesday.
The parents association of the abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna State and the Students Union of same institution besieged the National Assembly to urge the lawmakers to intervene in the continuing captivity of the kidnapped Kaduna students who were abducted by unknown gunmen on the 11th of March 2021.
The group of protesters, which was led by Abdullahi Usman, said they want the lawmakers to prevail on the security agencies to rescue their children whom have been held captive by bandits for more than three weeks.
According to him, “we are here to appeal to the NASS to help us intervene to release our children from the kidnappers. Now they have spent 55 days in captivity and we are still counting. There is no hope. Kaduna State government said they cannot do anything. Even the Ministry of Environment which supervises the school is not doing anything. The Director General of the school, he is not doing anything. Even the Minister, he even traveled. He traveled to America to spend Sallah with his family.
“It will be recalled that 39 students of federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna were kidnapped on the 11th of March, 2021. 10 of them have been released and 29 others still held captive by their captors. Today, we the parents and students union government of the institution decided to take our protest to the representatives of the people asking for the immediate release of the remaining students and other students who are still held by kidnappers across the country.”
The protesters carried placards with the inscriptions: “Release our children,” “Bring back our children”, “Till everyone is free, no one is free”.
A parent of one of the kidnapped students who spoke to OrderPaper Nigeria, Madam Rabbi Zacharia Maggaji said, “Please please please (crying) help me beg the National Assembly to talk to the security so that they can release my son. Please, I want to talk to my son, he is the only person I have. It is me that have been training him. I don’t have any husband. I want to see my son, let the government help me”.
Meanwhile, addressing the peaceful protesters, Mr. Bella Mohammed, the Deputy Clerk of National Assembly, who represented the Clerk of the National Assembly, assured the protesters that he would pass their message to the Speaker of House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.
“I’m not the right person to address you because I’m not a politician but I am a civil servant but on behalf of my boss, the Clerk of the National Assembly, I welcome you all to the National Assembly. You are indeed in the right place. I will convey your message to the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila who are in the best position to address your concerns.
“I understand your pains but I appeal to you all to calm down”.