Kaduna abductions: We must ensure safe, secure nation for our children – Obi

THE Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the last general election, Peter Obi, said Nigerian children must be allowed to learn in a secure and safe environment.

Obi was speaking following the abduction of more than 200 school children in a school in Kaduna during the week.

He disclosed this in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Yunusa Tanko, in Abuja on Saturday, March 9.


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The former Anambra state governor decried the continued security challenges in Nigeria and called for government intervention.

“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.

” 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,” Obi stated. 

Obi declared that it was intolerable that criminals would prevent Nigerian children from attending school in a safe setting.

He asked the appropriate authorities to do everything possible to guarantee that children attend school and study in a supportive environment. 

He also said that citizens have a duty to worship their creator and conduct business as usual.

He demanded coordinated action to counter the threat of insecurity issues facing the nation.

He questioned Kaduna State’s security problems because it has the nation’s largest military and other security establishments.

He stated that the children’s safe release should be the main focus of efforts and that more robust security measures need to be implemented to prevent similar incidents in the future.

He asserted that the detrimental effects of insecurity on the nation’s educational system will be more severe.

According to him, Nigeria is already struggling with children who are not attending school as a result of school closures brought on by insecurity.

He claims that any school attacks will only make these figures worse, push more kids onto the streets, and worsen the nation’s already precarious security situation.

He pleaded with all branches of government to do all within their power to secure the safe return of the kidnapped schoolchildren.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has denied hiring a private negotiator to negotiate the freedom of over 200 primary school pupils abducted by bandits in the Kuriga Community of Chikun Council Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement issued by the state’s governor chief press secretary (CPS), Muhammad Lawal Shehu, the state government said it has neither hired a negotiator nor contemplated making such a move.

He described the report as “mischievous,” claiming that it might potentially undermine the work of security personnel and the government to ensure the safe return of the abducted youngsters.






     

     

    He pleaded with media outlets to confirm state government information before publishing it.

    The ICIR reported that a school teacher, Sani Abdullahi, confirmed the abduction of 287 students when bandits invaded the Local Education Authority School, Kuriga, in Kaduna State.

     Abdullahi revealed this during the visitation of Governor Uba Sani and some other state government officials to the school hours after the incident, noting that 187 students were abducted from the secondary school section and 125 from the primary school section, totalling 312 students.

    The ICIR, on Thursday, reported how the assailants invaded the school and reportedly kidnapped over 100 children, alongside some staff of the school.

     

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