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The Nigerian Society of International Law (NSIL) has joined the world in condemning the abduction of the over 200 schoolgirls from Government the Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram sect.
The society in a statement signed by its president, Professor Oluwole Agbede and Secretary General, Dr. Rufus Olaoluwa said it was disheartening that “a barbaric group who detested western education should go about with the products of western education to commit criminal and terrorist acts.
“This group uses video, internet, guns, bombs, vehicles, phones just to mention a few of the gadgets, which belong to the western education, which they detest,” the statement noted.
NSIL described the abduction as “utter callousness and palpable crudity,” and described the threat by the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, to sell the girls into sexual slavery “as brazen insensitivity to informed feelings and public outcry.”
The international lawyers warned that it was high time Nigeria woke up from a deep slumber and put its military apparatus in order so as to be able to combat the challenges emanating from this group.
The lawyers enjoined the Nigerian government to heed to the apprehension expressed by Governor Kasheem Shettima of Borno State “that Boko Haram fighters were better equipped and motivated more than the Nigerian Soldiers” should be seriously and urgently addressed in order to do what is needful for the soldiers to accent the balance of superiority in favour of the Nigerian military.
It wondered if President Goodluck Jonathan has “thrown in the towel” by whole-heartedly welcoming assistance from a number of foreign countries, noting that “never before has Nigeria's image been so shattered and so brutalised by suffocating corruption, senseless kidnapping, incessant armed robbery and terrorist acts of an unimaginable brutality.