First Lady Patience Jonathan has asked all Nigerian
women to stop protesting over the abduction of over
200 schoolgirls of Borno State.
She spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja during
another meeting she convened over the issue.
Present at the meeting were wives of the governors
of Nasarawa, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi,
Gombe, Benue, Abia and Akwa Ibom States.
Others were the Borno State Commissioner of
Police, Commissioner for Women Affairs, the
principal of Chibok Government Secondary School,
the chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, the
divisional police officer in the area and the troops
on duty when the girls were abducted.
Mrs Jonathan, who had summoned some officials
and individuals from Borno State for questioning
over the circumstances that led to the girls’
abduction, yesterday expressed her frustration over
the absence of the wife of Borno State governor,
Hajiya Nana Kashim Shettima,
at the meeting.
Mrs Jonathan said since women of Borno State
were not willing to cooperate with her on the issue,
all Nigerian women should stop protesting, saying
should anything happen to them during protests,
they should blame themselves.
She flayed Shettima’s wife for allegedly being
unconcerned over the girls’ abduction.
Mrs Jonathan suddenly burst into tears, saying
repeatedly “God is watching o”.
She however said she could no longer weep more
than the bereaved, saying that Shettima’s wife
should be the more concerned.
“Before all these killings, I called and told the first
lady of Borno State to let us come together. She
answered me yes, but when the kidnap happened, I
called her, she did not answer me. I invited her, she
did not turn up even up till today. No woman will fold
her arms when her house is on fire. Today my
house is on fire.
“Before last Friday, I called her and she promised to
attend the Friday’s meeting here. Bit to our greatest
surprise, she sent her commissioner for women
affairs. Also today, she sent her commissioner for
women affairs. She is the mother of Borno State.
She is the first mother of these missing girls. I am
their grandmother. She is not coming out. All
Nigerian women are calling her. If she is not
concerned and she says she doesn’t want her
people to be safe, then it is left to her. If you tell us
you are not crying, why should I cry more than the
bereaved. If I cry more than the bereaved, the
world would ask me a question.
“If after today, Borno women say we should not
help them, then Nigerian women, don’t demonstrate
again. If you demonstrate and police do you
anything, you are on your won. Borno women are
playing game. Nigerian women should not go out for
demonstration. Don’t use school children for
demonstration again. Borno women are not ready
for cooperation”, she said.
Mrs Jonathan, who insisted that the whereabouts of
the abducted girls must be known, said she cried
yesterday during church service over the spate of
killings in the country.
Challenging all those at the meeting to tell the truth
about the girls’ abduction, she said Nigerian women
should not join men in the killings.
“People are dying. How can you play politics when
you see your fellow human beings dying. Nigerian
women, I beg you to support me. Why we will join
our husbands to kill others. We want the killings to
stop. If we don’t get to know the whereabouts of
our daughters, the next thing is they (Boko Haram)
will get to us. I am not accusing anybody. My own
is let us stop killings and kidnapping. Let us say a
stop to these.
“We don’t know what might happen. We don’t wear
bullet-proofs. I am not exempting my self or my
husband. If I am found guilty, let me go instead of
blood to flow. If our constitution is the problem, let
them amend it. Today’s meeting will not end
because the abducted children are still not out. If
you say I should go and sleep, I would go and
sleep. But if you say we should move forward to
see the end of this, we would go forward”, she said.
Also view video of first lady breaking down during stakeholders meeting on the kidnapped girls HERE
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