Northern State Governors have lamented the frequent attackand kidnapping of students in Northern schools, with the latest one at the Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State where hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped.
In a statement today, February 27, Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako Lalong said that the frequency of kidnapping is unacceptable and that strong measures must be taken to put an end to it before it escalates into a monster that will consume educational pursuit and national aspirations.
Governor Lalong said that the development, which is coming on the heels of the abduction of school children in Kagara, Niger State still being addressed, calls for serious concerns among all Nigerians.
“As Northern Governors, we are deeply saddened by this embarrassing and unfortunate attack on our children who are in schools to seek knowledge and build capacity to impact the nation and create a better society. The assault on schools where innocent and harmless students are targeted should not be condoned in any way because it has the tendency to set the nation back to ignorance and more poverty. The Northern part of the country in particular is more educationally disadvantaged and cannot afford to have these disruptions. Enough is enough.”
The Northern Governors called on the security agencies to use every asset at their disposal to rescue the children and bring to justice those behind the act.
They also want Nigerians to support the security agencies and government with credible information that will lead to swift resolution of the situation.
Lalong sympathized with the families of the abducted school children, the people and Government of Zamfara State, assuring them of the support of the Forum in tackling the problem.
The Northern Governors Forum rose from their meeting in Kaduna yesterday, February 26, resolving to take far reaching measures to address insecurity and other challenges of the region and the nation at large.