Following the abduction of Katsina schoolboys CNG begins protest

The Arewa socio-cultural organisation under the aegis of the Coalition of Northern Groups, in its reaction to the abduction of 333 students, said it would on Thursday storm Katsina State to kick off agitation for the freedom of 333 students of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

The chairman, Board of Trustees of CNG, Nastura Ashir Shariff, is expected to lead the protesters who will also join other members from Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states to compel government to act fast.

Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the spokesperson for the CNG, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘CNG storms Katsina, to kick off #Bringbackourboys protests Thursday’.

But while reacting to the intended protest, the residents of the state on Wednesday opposed to it, saying efforts should be concentrated on how to rescue the students.

The CNG spokesman, in his statement, said, “The exercise, harsh tagged #Bringbackourboys, which will kick off in Katsina on Thursday, is expected to proceed to Daura to register the current concerns with Mr President.

“Led by its Board of Trustees Chairman Nastura Ashir Shariff, the CNG is already in touch with parents of the stolen schoolchildren and assured them of support through this trial moment.

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“It will be unreasonable to expect any northerner and well meaning Nigerians to fold their arms and watch the North, a significant component of the country, abandoned to the mercy of bandits, murderers and kidnappers.

“The police in Katsina are seen in a massive reinforcement around the state which calls for caution on the part of authorities against attempts at suppressing legitimate protests that will be conducted peacefully.”

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