Clarion calls for the immediate release of the over 200 school girls abducted by the dreaded Islamic Sect, Boko Haram, at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Thursday, drew the ire of the Imo State teachers who trooped in their large numbers to the Imo State House of Assembly, calling for the unconditional release of the school girls from their abductors.
The over 5000 teachers who were clad in their black attires to showcase their grievances, defied the normal days’ activities of teaching in solidarity with their counterparts across the country in the renewed call for the release of the girls.
The teachers who visited the Assembly complex under the auspices of the state wing oppf the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, also expressed their misgivings over the horrible plights of Nigerians in the evil hands of the Boko Haram Sect with placard inscriptions such as “Nobody can intimidate us, Nigeria is our heritage,” “Boko Haram: Enough is enough,” “Boko Haram stop the killings” and a host of other messages.
In his speech, the Imo State chapter chairman of the NUT, Dr. Cletus Okeke, informed some members and workers at the Assembly Complex that their action was being carried out in all the 36 states of the federation and the FCT as instructed by their National body, adding that they were pained by the incessant harassment, abduction abuse and inhuman treatments, hapless Nigerians daily go through in the hands of the religious sect.
Dr. Okeke, while describing teaching profession as a noble one, also stated that the profession had remained the fulcrum which other professions revolves through to guarantee their effective sustenance
He called on the Imo State House of Assembly to also align itself with the “Bring back Our Girls” message which had inundated the media, while appreciating the House for its people-Oriented policies in keeping the State on the Course of development.
The NUT Chairman, further pledged the total support of the Imo Teacher to the members of the State Assembly to enable them succeed.
Responding, the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, represented by the Deputy Speaker. Pharm. Donatus Ozoemena, Commended the Teachers for their patriotism and love for the good of the nation, especially, now that the country is undergoing trying moments and urged them to take to prayers, as only God can solve the myriads of problems threatening the peace of the country.
He called on the Federal government to take drastic steps in revealing the sponsors of the sect, as the despicable acts of the insurgents have inflicted much harm on the defenseless and law abiding Citizens of the Country.
The Speaker further assured the teachers that the house would continue to churn out laws favourable to them and the general public, while soliciting for prayers to enable them succeed.