Boko Haram: Nigerian Women Set For &Lsquo;Mother Of All Protests&Rsquo;


The protest, called ‘Mother of all Protests’ will kick off on Thursday and will have have women donning black outfits to depict mourning as they march on the streets of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Benin peacefully to call for an end to the endless killings in the north.

The protests are convened by the Women Arise Initiative, in conjuction with other women organisations.

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, activist and coordinator of the protests, said more women are indicating interest to join the protests and that more states were likely to join

“Women are having a peaceful walk to mourn all the killings happening in the Northern part of our country Nigeria, especially the recent slaughter of our kids in Yobe, Northern Nigeria. It is not enough to just be running commentaries on social media, or praying in our closets

“Women and mothers are supposed to be the matrix of society, so we are calling on all women to a peaceful non-political, non-tribal and non-religious walk on Thursday, 6 March, 2014 in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin and in the diaspora simultaneously.

“We want to mourn the wanton killing of our kids in Yobe and abduction of our young ladies up North and call on the government to wade in seriously before we lose more of our next generation,” she said.

According to her, the Lagos protest would kick off at the Lagos Television Ground, Ikeja around 8:30 a.m., while the dress code is black T-shirt on black skirts/hijabs/trousers with black ribbons for the wrist.

“These brutal murders cannot be ignored.  Activists should organise their women folk and join this walk.  It is just a few hours of time but it will make a lasting impact,” she said.

She also condemned President Goodluck Jonathan’s nationwide broadcast on the centenary celebration a day after 59 children were killed in Yobe State, saying that it showed the president did not have conscience.

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