“Note that each time there are abductions, primary and secondary schools of affected states are shut down indefinitely. Perhaps, what is most troubling in all of these from Chibok, Dapchi, Kankara, Kagara to several other unreported cases is the fact that no premises of all the basic schools from North to South is secured”
Currently, 136 children abducted from Islamic schools in Niger State are still in the dungeon of their abductors. It is a shameful thing to openly admit but it is a fact that Nigeria under the present government led by the All Progressive Congress (APC), has acquired a new international moniker: a nation of mass abduction. It is as bad, if not probably worse than that because there are several unreported cases.
Does it matter if officials pontificate from the opposite direction, as long as certain bad guys and unpatriotic elements are benefiting in terms of money and power from the misery of hapless citizens? From Borno, Niger, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa States to FCT-Abuja, no where is safe for Nigerians to move freely without fear of being kidnapped or robbed. This is not news anymore. It is a national and international scandal hanging on Nigeria. The negative effects of this development on our school system can only be imagined than easily explained. The Northeast is already on its knees.
There are frenzied reviews of the incident and its implications on the already messedup basic education system in Nigeria where about 13 million children are out of school roaming the streets, hawking, taking cattle for grazing on people’s farms, etc. We dare say that, there is no other country in the world where chilling reports of regular mass abductions of innocent school children and teenagers tar public image, sanity and conscience the way it is in Nigeria. After the Chibok girls mass abduction that sparked worldwide outrage, we have witnessed Dapchi, Kankara happened when the president was in Daura, and now Kagara.
Who knows where is next? Girl child education is one of Nigeria’s big basic education lacuna that international organizations have been pouring funds to bridge the gap. From all indications, the benefits of the huge investment is being rolled back by series of abduction of students from their schools by bandits without any security intervention and demands for outrageous ransom. Note that, each time there are abductions, primary and secondary schools of affected states are shut down indefinitely. Perhaps, what is most troubling in all of these from Chibok, Dapchi, Kankara, Kagara to several other unreported cases is the fact that no premises of all the basic schools from North to South is secured. Nobody secures our children in schools and nobody cares.
There is absolutely nil presence of security agents to forestall any form of attack. The future of education in Nigeria, especially in the North, is extremely grim. This is one of the biggest problems that expose the weakness of this government that has continued to pick unprovoked quarrels with wise counsels from good men and women of this country who have the patriotic courage to tell it to its face that it is not getting things right.
As a government groping trying to find solution to this knotty issue, we advise that security should be provided within and outside the premises of our public schools. It is a reproach or blemish for Nigeria to continue to experience criminal kidnapping of its citizens in schools, highways, farms, etc as if there is no government.
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