Scores of parents and students Monday staged a peaceful walk to the office of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) in protest against the killing of students of Federal Government College in Yobe State and others who fell victims of Boko Haram attacks.
The protesters, who were aggrieved by the calamity that befell the victims, marched to the governorâ€™s office to condemn the killing of the 43 students by the Boko Haram sect after attacking Bunu Yadi community, Yobe State and burning their hostel, classrooms and several houses.
The protesters, who were all dressed in black attire, also chanted different dirges, thereby calling on the federal government, state governors and the security agencies in the country to end the insurgency immediately.
The inscription on their placards read: â€œBoko Haram, stop killing our children.â€ However, each of the protesters displayed placards on which the names of the students killed in the Yobe school attack were inscribed.
Some of the names on their placards include Peter John, Abbas Ibrahim, Musa Y. Buba, Hamadu Bala, Ali Ayuba, among others.
The parents under the aegis of Unity Schools Old Student Association (USOSA), lamented the state of insecurity in the North, saying insurgency had defeated the essence for establishing the unity schools in the country.
The parents explained that the unity schools, which they all attended, were established to foster unity irrespective of the language, faith, ethnic and tribe and development in the country.
The protesters demanded that the federal government â€œoffer free medical service to all the victims of previous attacks, Bunu Yadi attack and subsequent attacks; and compensate the families of the victims.â€œThe federal government should immediately rebuild the college to prove to the terrorist that they will soon be apprehended.
To also compensate and protect all those who provide the needed information that led to the arrest of the perpetrators and others.â€
One of the protesters, Mrs. Ibiyemi Olufowobi, lamented that her child in one Unity Schools in Lagos was already panicking that his school could be attacked by the sect.
Another protester, Mr. Bestman Izi, said they graduated from â€œdifferent Unity secondary schools. The only thing we could do was to embark on this protest, to draw the attention of the President, Goodluck Jonathan and other governors of the 36 states to the plight of the students of these schools.â€
In a reaction, Fashola assured the protesters that he would deliver their message immediately to the president, to expedite action on their demands.
He, however, said the solution to ending insurgency in the country â€œrequires the participation of everyone. Residents of Lagos should endeavour to alert the police or other security agencies in the state whenever they discover any unusual act.â€