Jos, 31 October, 2021 / 6:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Parliamentarians, religious leaders, and students are among protesters who have joined the call by UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), to end school abductions in Nigeria.
CSW leadership reports that protesters gathered outside the Nigerian High Commission in London on Thursday, October 28 to call for action to end the spate of school abductions, which the foundation noted have been on the rise in the country since December 2020.
Speaking at the protest, David Alton, Member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom said the recent surge in mass abductions “mean the lives of Nigerian students generally are being commoditized by armed non-state actors of Fulani ethnicity.”
“Since December 2020, the country has witnessed 14 such attacks on educational establishments… in the northwest and centre, with over 1,100 students abducted for ransom, and at least ten of them have died,” Lord Alton of Liverpool said.
The protest was part of CSW’s ongoing Sing For Freedom campaign, and also featured contributions from Pastor Fred Williams of Spirit Life Missions, school student Sarah Jane Wilkinson, and Mervyn Thomas, Founder President of CSW and Chair of the UK Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) forum.