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Abduction of school children in Kaduna: Negative impact of insecurity on education more devastating – Peter Obi

…As US condemns kidnappings, pledges support to rescue abductees

 

The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has warned that the negative impact of insecurity on education in the country would be more devastating.

 

The Labour Party chieftain who was reacting to the latest abduction of over 200 pupils and children in Kaduna State in a statement by his Chief Spokesman, Dr Yunusa Tanko on Saturday in Abuja, lamented that Nigeria was already grappling with out-of-school children, arising from the closure of schools due to insecurity.

According to him, further attacks on schools will only aggravate these numbers, drive more children into the streets, and add to the insecurity situation of the country.

He therefore, appealed to government at all levels to explore all possible means to ensure the safe release of the abducted school children.

Obi, bemoaned continued security challenges in Nigeria, insisting that Nigeria children must be allowed to learn in a secure and safe environment.

“We are again confronted with the ugly news of the abduction of over 200 pupils and students plus a teacher of local primary and junior secondary schools in Kuriga, Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna state.

Obi said that it was unacceptable that Nigerian children would not be allowed to learn in a secure environment because of criminals and urged relevant authorities to leave no stones unturned and ensure that children would go to school and learn in a conducive atmosphere.

He added that citizens must also worship their creator and go about their businesses without hindrance.

Obi called for more concerted efforts to combat the menace of insecurity challenges in the country.

The Labour Party chieftain queried the spate of security challenges in Kaduna state in spite of having the highest number of military and other security institutions in the country.

He said efforts should be directed toward the safe release of the children, adding that better security measures needed to be implemented to avoid future occurrences.

“I urge every Nigerian to continue to work and pray for the nation so that we can collectively conquer our challenges.

“We must ensure that every Nigerian child can pursue their dreams and aspirations in a safe and secure nation. This is our duty in the New Nigeria which is possible.” he stressed.

Meanwhile, the United States Mission in Nigeria has condemned the abduction of scores of school children and women in Kaduna state.

The US Mission in Nigeria via its official X page on Saturday also condemned the displaced persons abducted in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, where suspected Boko Haram terrorists had kidnapped over 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The US mission also urged the Nigerian government to arrest the perpetrators and make sure they face the consequences.

The United States government however pledges its support to Nigeria’s effort to secure release of affected victims.

The US Mission in Nigeria statement reads:

The United States strongly condemns the kidnapping of schoolchildren in Kaduna and displaced persons in Borno. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families. We stand with you in demanding the perpetrators face justice and the immediate, safe return of all taken.

“We support Nigeria’s efforts to secure their release,” the statement added.

The White House National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, James Sullivan also strongly condemned the recent kidnappings, emphasizing the USA’s commitment to working with Nigeria to rescue the abductees.

Sullivan writes, “We condemn the recent kidnappings of displaced persons in Borno State and school children & staff in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

“We stand with Nigeria in demanding the immediate safe return of these innocent civilians and call for perpetrators to be held to account.”

 

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