Parents of the students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State who were abducted two months ago by bandits, have staged a protest at the National Assembly complex in the Federal Capital Territory.
Members of the Students Union Government (SUG) of the school also participated in the protest which took place on Tuesday, May 4.
The protesters chanted solidarity songs and displayed placards to express their disappointment with the way the Nigerian government has handled the abduction of their children and colleagues.
Angelina Babale one of the mothers spoke with Channels TV in Pidgin English. In an emotion-laden voice, she said she has been enveloped in grief since the abduction of her daughter.
Another mother of the abducted students, Rabi Magaji Zakariah, who is a widow, wept profusely during the protest.
“I feel it. I carried him in my tummy for nine months. I trained him for 27 months
“I no fit sleep, I look back I look front, I no see my boy,” she said amid tears.
Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore and avtivist, Deji Adeyanju, who joined in the protest also expressed disappointment with the handling of security by the government.
However, security operatives at the entrance of the Assembly complex denied the protesters access into the premises.
39 students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation were abducted from their hostels by bandits dressed in military uniform on March 11. Ten of them were later released in two batches of five each, leaving 29 students with their abductors.