The first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has promised to stage a protest march to Chibok, Borno State, if the abducted schoolgirls were not released.
Jonathan said this in Abuja after a meeting with governors’ and ministers’ wives, female senators, commissioners and more than 200 women from various groups at the State House in Abuja.
The meeting was to seek the actual whereabouts of the kidnapped girls.
According to her, a committee will be inaugurated to include wives of all relevant stakeholders at a meeting scheduled for May 4.
She said that refusal of any of such relevant stakeholders to be contacted for the meeting would also lead to a mass protest.
“I cannot perpetuate hearsay and rumour; I must have facts to tell the international community.
“We will set up a committee to seek the truth as women.
“If any of those we call refuse to come, we will take the protest to Chibok.
“I do not mind being shot as long as they return our girls to us safely, we are tired of the kidnapping,” she said.
She disclosed that the first ladies of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and various other countries had called to ask questions and offer assistance on the matter.
“They intimated me of their readiness to help, they also asked me questions that I could not answer and as women we are the last hope of this nation. We cannot fail our fellow women and the nation.
“If need be, we will call on the northern elders to help us so that our children and husbands will not die…..I cannot perpetuate hearsay and rumour; I must have facts to tell the international community. We will set up a committee to seek the truth as women. If any of those we call refuse to come, we will take the protest to Chibok” she said
Source: Nigerian Gazette