Students’ abduction: Declare state of emergency in education sector, Atiku tells FG

March 15, 2021
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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has advised the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector following the latest abduction of students and teachers in Kaduna State.

The PUNCH reported that gunmen attacked a Universal Basic Education primary school at Rama in Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna State where they abducted some students and teachers.

The incident which happened on Monday occurred just days after some students and staff of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Mando, Kaduna were abducted by bandits.

Reacting to the latest abduction, Atiku advised the Federal Government to post armed guards at every school in the affected and neighbouring states.

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He said on Twitter, “With the latest Kaduna school abduction, I repeat my call for the FG 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 keep our schools safe.

“With 13.5 million children, Nigeria is already the world headquarters for out of school kids. This can 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 precise policies.

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“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.”

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