Former Nigerian Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has repeated his call on the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector to address the incessant kidnapping of students in the nation’s schools.
In a statement today, March 15, reacting to the latest Kaduna school kidnapping, Atiku said: “I repeat my call for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency, and to post 24 hour armed guards at every school in the affected and neighbouring states. No expense must be spared to keep our schools safe.”
He said that with 13.5 million children already out of school, the recent spate of kidnapping could only make things worse.
It behooves on us as a nation to act decisively and excise this cancer of school abductions from our polity with clinically precise policies.
“We must also stop paying ransom at random. It is a short term solution that will cause much long term destruction. We must as a nation impose law and order now, or we will bequeath lawlessness and disorder to the next generation. And may God forbid that.”