Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar had urged authorities to declare a state of emergency in the Education sector over incessant mass abduction of students across the nation.
He additionally advised against payment of a ransom to kidnappers.
Abubakar acknowledged this while reacting to the kidnapping of some school pupils in Kaduna State reported on Monday.
“It’s a short-term solution that will trigger a lot of long-term destruction. We should, as a nation, impose regulation and order now, or we’ll bequeath lawlessness and disorder to the next generation,” he stated.
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On the need for the Federal Government to declare an emergency in the Education sector, Atiku stated: “With the latest Kaduna school abduction, I repeat my call for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the Education sector and to post 24-hour armed guards at every school in the affected and neighbouring states. No expense must be spared to maintain our schools secure.”
“With 13.5 million children, Nigeria is already the world headquarters for out-of-school children. This will only make things worse. It behoves on us as a nation to act decisively and excise this cancer of school abductions from our polity with clinically exact insurance policies,” he wrote on Twitter.
The Kaduna State government, yesterday, stated some pupils and teachers had been kidnapped in the primary school at Rema in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated the incident occurred at an LEA Primary School in the area, however, the number of those missing couldn’t be ascertained.
That is the second mass abduction in the state every week and the fifth mass abduction of school kids within the North within 4 months.