The National Union of Ghana Students’ (NUGS) is deeply saddened by the recent spate of terrorist attacks on people in Nigeria, Kenya and other parts of the world. We condemn in no uncertain terms the abduction of about two hundred and thirty-four (234) final year Senior Secondary female students from their boarding school in the town of Chibok, Nigeria on the night of 14th April, 2014 and the additional eight (8) girls.
It strikes us to the core of the marrow of our spine. It is humiliating and devastating for these innocent girls to through these barbaric ordeals.
With the long-standing existing ties between Ghana and Nigeria and specifically our sister students’ unions, the National Union Ghana Students (NUGS) and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), we are also affected by the great shock and its aftermath. We empathise with the parents of the girls, NANS, and the Nigerian populace.
The umbilical cord of a strong commitment and interest in the universality of basic education for all, under the banner, “Education; a right, not a privilege” still binds us together with NANS and the entire student populace in Nigeria.
We appeal to the president and government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency rise up to the occasion and free the girls from wherever they have been hidden to enable them continue with their education.
We wish to state empirically that, acts of terrorism meted out to poor civilians in towns and cities in Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia, and other parts of Africa is a grave infringement on the Right to Life by the people who undertake such heinous atrocities. As such, they must be abhorred and treated with the greatest contempt.
We implore the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and all other international bodies and security authorities in all countries to as a matter of urgency come together and fight to clamp down terrorism and nip the canker in the bud as a proactive measure to forestall any unbearable and inevitable catastrophic occurrences in the future.
We commend all those countries that are assisting the Nigerian government to rescue the girls from the cruel hands of the terrorists. We wish them good success in the search. We say we are in this together. After all, we are one.