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WACSOF CONDEMNS FURTHER ABDUCTION OF THIRTY CHILDREN BY INSUGENTS AND CALLS ON ECOWAS TO TAKE PROTECTIVE MEASURE TO PROTECT GIRL CHILD

The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) condemns the recent abduction of 30 children in Mafa, Borno state, just few days after the government’s claim of a truce with the Boko Haram group.

WACSOF notes that the act is callous and defies all norms of humanity.

We urge the Nigerian government to double its effort in the investigation of these abducted girls and putting a stop to insurgency in Nigeria.

According to a new Human Rights Watch report, the group has taken more than 500 women and girls hostage since it began its gory insurgency in 2009.

WACSOF is using this platform to call on civil society organizations, the ECOWAS and Governments in the West African Region to put heads together to ensure that these girls are brought back.

We believe that the issue of human security in the region can only be addressed effectively, if state actors decide to work together to deal with this common plague.

WACSOF trusts a common action has to be taken to establish human security and socio-political stability in the region.

The Forum's concern is about major consequences of this abduction, which could result to the girls being traumatized, losing chances of getting education and a better life, further slowing down the development of ECOWAS member States.

One of WACSOF’s aims is to advocate for human rights in general, children’s rights, and especially the girl/child right in particular as essential to the materialization of peace, human development and regional integration.

We are currently carrying out a project on Curbing Early Marriage in West Africa, as part of our activities; we have published some newsletters, toolkits and regional strategy on putting a stop to early marriage within the sub region.

WACSOF specifically calls on ECOWAS to take more proactive role in curbing early and forced marriage which this abduction is leading to, as many girls are denied education and opportunity to overcome poverty.

Believing that these girls are under God’s protection, WACSOF heartily condoles with their parents, guardians, relatives, and Nigerians at large.

 

Signed:

Auwal Musa Rafsanjani

Acting General Secretary

WACSOF.

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