Youths protest against rape, others in 19 northern States
By Njadvara Musa, Damaturu
Over 6, 500 youths under the auspices of World Motivational Speakers (WDMS) have protested against rape, kidnappings and the deterioration of education in the North.
According to them, their protests were to task the military, police and other security agencies to overcome lingering challenges of insecurity to people’s lives and property in the affected 19 states.
Leading the massive protest, Wednesday, in Potiskum, Yobe state, WDMS representative, Comrade Aliyu Haruna, disclosed: “The rates of rape and kidnappings in the North, have continued with the loss of many lives and ransom payments in millions of naira on daily basis.”
He lamented that the lives and future of the victims are endangered with increased levels of traumas and mental disorders among kidnapped or raped girls and women.
Citing Yobe state, he noted that dozens of girls and women were raped in the last six years, without arresting most of the suspects in communities.
Besides, he added that the deteriorating state of education in the affected states in the northeast, west and central parts of the country has fueled insecurity to lives and property.
“We embarked on this peaceful protest in view of the deteriorating level of education in the North,” he said, noting that there is security gaps and challenges where young, innocent poor girls are being raped and dumped without justice.
Continued; “As young people, we feel about their plights to make this known to the public through peaceful demonstration,” adding that this could improve the state of security and educational system for the youths in the north.
He said that the youths don’t have the freedom that is why they are protesting against insecurity and the deteriorating state of education in their respective states.
Some placards during the protest read: “Stop Killing #Brothers and Sisters in the North. End Kidnapping, Rapping’ and ‘Bring Back our Kidnapped Girls.”