#BringBackOurBoys took the center stage on Twitter trends yesterday as Nigerians took to the micro-blogging platform to demand the rescue of hundreds of schoolboys reported to have gone missing after unknown gunmen attacked their hostels on Friday.

Some Nigerians who invaded social media to demand the immediate rescue of the students, using the #BringBackOurBoys hashtag, said the Katsina school attack, barely two weeks after Boko Haram terrorists slaughtered over 40 farmers in Borno, was another proof that Buhari “has failed in all ramifications.”

It would be recalled that the attack occurred at the Government Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, an all-boys boarding school with a population of more than 800 students.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement by his senior media adviser, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, said he has been briefed by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, on the situation.

Buhari, who was in Katsina on holiday when the attack took place, said Buratai informed him that the military had “located the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara and there has been exchanged of fire in an ongoing operation.”

Similarly, a statement by the Regional Director for West and Central Africa, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, Marie-Pierre Poirier, on her Twitter handle, also condemned the attack, adding that “UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms this brutal attack and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all children and their return to their families.

“UNICEF is deeply concerned about these acts of violence. Attacks on schools are a violation of children’s rights. This is a grim reminder that abduction of children and widespread grave violations of children’s rights continue to take place in Northern Nigeria.

“Children should feel safe at home, in schools, and in their playgrounds at all times. We stand with the families of the missing children and the community affected by this horrifying event.

“We acknowledge the efforts by the government of Nigeria in undertaking all efforts for the safe return of the missing children.”

 


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