As a potent way to bring Nigeria out of the current labyrinth of insecurity following the abduction of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State on Friday night, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa’ad Abubakar has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to hearken to the voice of citizens of the country and revamp the architecture of the country and address the insecurity matter that bedevilled Nigeria. Expressing shock over the abduction, Jama’atu Nasil Islam (JNL) led by the Sultan, reiterated the request of Nigerians to restructure the security apparatus of the country. Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, Secretary General of JNL, in a statement titled, ”Abduction of GSSS Kankara students- a plangent mood for the poor masses,’ that was issued on Monday said Nigerians were tired of empty condemnations each time such tragedies occurred without concrete steps to arrest the situation.
Out of the population of 839 students, 333 of them, according State Gov. Alh. Aminu Masari, were missing. JNI said it was pained that the abduction of the students came on the heels of the killing of over 70 rice farmers at Zabarmari in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents, and occurred on the day the President arrived in Katsina, his home state, on a private visit and a few days after he made a U-turn on his promise to honour the House of Representatives’ invitation to address the lawmakers on the rising insecurity in the country.The development, according to the body was a sad reminder of the abductions of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls which government had yet to resolve.
Urging the Government to spare no efforts to immediately return all the abducted Katsina students, JNL complained that the abduction would further frustrate school enrolment in the North.
“If there is any worse outcome than the abduction itself, it is the fact that this is the most potent action to frustrate school enrolment in northern Nigeria, as no parent will forthwith be comfortable to send their children or wards to boarding schools despite the many enrolment campaign efforts by the government. For the umpteenth time, we will continue to ask: for how long shall the masses continue to live in fear? For how long shall the Federal and state governments continue to issue empty condemnations whenever tragedies strike,”? the religious group lamented.
In the same mood, the northern elders, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, said it had become obvious that northern Nigeria was at the mercy of terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements. The group said this in a statement on Monday by its National Coordinator, Zana Goni and National Women Leader, Hajiya Mario Bichi.They condemned the attack on the schoolchildren, saying the development that came few days after the decapitation of over 46 rice farmers in Zabarmari Village in Borno State, was disturbing. The CNEPD reiterated its earlier call on the President to seek foreign help, saying any further delay might lead to extinction of the region following increasing mass killings by the terrorists.
“The latest attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, where over 333 children are reportedly missing has further confirmed our position that our region is now at the mercy of terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements.As a result of this, we strongly believe that time has come for our President to bring in fresh hope and clear directions on how best the country will strategise to overcome the present insecurity situation in the country in general.”
Two School Boys Killed By Bandits ― Survivor.
Meanwhile, Vangurd Newspaper reports that a pupil of the attacked Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, who escaped from the bandits’ hideouts, has claimed that two of his colleagues have been killed. A parent of a missing pupil, Hajia Faiza Hamza Kankara, who spoke to Vanguard, said the pupil stated this while giving an account of his ordeal in the hands of the captors. The grieving parent said the boy told them that the bandits fed them with leaves and beat them like cattle. She also said the pupil told them that the abducted pupils still missing stand at over 500, saying whoever said the number of missing children is 10, is a liar.
She said, “My son, Usman Lawal Tahir, is in SS2 class. He is still missing. One of the pupils who returned yesterday (Sunday night) said they were 520 that included two that were killed and him who escaped. “So whoever says the missing children were ten lied. Today (Monday), another child just returned, and he is being interviewed in the principal’s office. So we are waiting to hear what is the situation with the missing children over there.
Although when the boy returned, one of the security personnel who brought him back said 15 more were on their way before the dusk. “The children said they were fed with leaves and beaten like cattle. “We appeal to President (Muhammadu) Buhari and Governor (Aminu) Masari to come to our aid and rescue our wards. We cannot sleep and cannot eat.” Meanwhile, the grieving parents of the students have besieged the school premises, awaiting the return of their missing children.