SA Delegation Off To Nigeria To Petition Release Of Boko Haram Abductees

Qwa Qwa- May 18, 2014 -A South African delegation is to travel to Nigeria later this month to submit a petition calling for the release of over 270 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

ANC Women’s League president Angie Motshekga has launched the petition in Qwaqwa in the eastern Free State. She was addressing a prayer service in Phuthaditjhaba. Motshekga says the delegation will include government and women’s league members. It will leave for Nigeria after May 25 to submit the petition. She says this will be an indication to the Nigerian government and its people that South Africa is behind them and want the girls to be released as soon as possible.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor earlier called on the African Union to develop structures and provide resources to ensure that the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian school girls does not repeat on the continent. Militant group Boko Haram abducted the girls more than a month ago from their school in the town of Chibok in Borno state. 

On Saturday, the ANC Women’s League added its voice to the condemnation of the group. Pandor says the girls should be returned unharmed.