The human rights group, Amnesty International, on Friday, February 26, railed against the increasing spate of kidnappings of students in schools in the northern part of Nigeria.
Amnesty made this assertion in the aftermath of the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
1st News had reported that the abduction which happened in the early hours of Friday was carried out by suspected bandits; who stormed the school in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles.
This was just as the polity was recovering from an earlier attack; after some students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local Government of Niger State were abducted by bandits who are yet to set them free.
Also, on December 11, 2020, over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State were abducted by bandits who have since released them.
In response to the abductions, Amnesty via its Twitter handle lamented that education is imperiled in the region.
“Amnesty International condemns this appalling attack; which is the latest in a string of attacks on schools in northern Nigeria. Attacks on schools and abductions of girls are war crimes.
“Education is under attack in northern Nigeria. Schools should be places of safety; and no child should have to choose between their education and their life. Other children have had to abandon their education; after being displaced by frequent violent attacks on their communities,” the human rights body tweeted.
Meanwhile, Amina Mohammed has expressed confidence that Nigeria is moving in the right direction economically; but not rapidly enough.
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, said this during a meeting at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in Abuja on Thursday, February 25.
She said the challenges in Nigeria were huge, its population large; but described the country’s economy as great with lots of opportunities. The UN scribe stated that after traveling by train and through various roads in the Northern parts of Nigeria; she discovered that the roads were motorable, although there were ongoing repairs on some of them.
Amina Mohammed said, “This is a country that is diverse in nature, ethnicity, religious backgrounds, and opportunities. But these are its strengths, not weaknesses.
“And I think the narrative for Nigeria has to change to one that is very much the reality.”