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Peace advocates condenm abduction of Kankara School students

*Urges Buhari to change Service Chiefs

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

A Peace advocacy group, Coalition for Peace and National Security, CPNS, has described Friday night attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State as unacceptable and cowardly.

In a reaction to the attack that has allegedly left at least 600 out of 800 students of the school reportedly missing, CPNS described the development as a sad reminder of the terrorists’ attacks on Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on the night of April 14, 2014 and another attack on February 19, 2018 at
Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State.

CPNS therefore noted that the incidents totally affects Nigeria’s effort towards enhancement of child education and development.

In a statement, Saturday by its National Coordinator, Dr Mohammed Maigoro and National Secretary, Barr. Tunde Funsho, the group tasked the security agencies to immediately swing into action with a view not only to rescuing the missing students but also apprehend the perpetrators and make them face the consequences of their action.

The statement said the abduction was not only cowardly but also callous and a crime against humanity, prohibited under the international humanitarian law.

The Peace Advocates commiserated with parents of the children and victims of the incessant killings in the North in particular and the country in general.

They also called on the bandits to lay down their arms and release those in their custody.

The coalition commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his avowed commitment to addressing security challenges in the country.

CPNS however appealed to the President to immediately rejig the security architecture of the country beginning with the sack of service chiefs who it noted, had become exhausted to face the increasingly worsening security situation.

“We received the news of yesterday’s attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, where at least 600 out of 800 students of the school are reportedly missing with shock.

“This latest action by bandits is a sad reminder of the past similar ones on Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on the night of April 14, 2014, where 276 girls writing West African Examination Council, WAEC, were abducted and another attack on February 19, 2018 at
Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State that left some students dead and others missing.

“This attack on innocent school children is not only cowardly but also callous and a crime against humanity, prohibited under the international humanitarian law.

“We urge the security agencies to immediately swing into action in not only rescuing the missing students but also apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” the group said.

It added: “This latest development is a yet another confirmation that the country is porous without security and given this bad situation, we wish to without any hesitation join the clarion call on our dear President Mohammadu Buhari, to immediately rejig the nation’s security architecture beginning with the sack of service chiefs who apart from overstaying in office, have become exhausted to face the increasingly worsening security situation of our country.”

“There is no indication anywhere that they are capable of turning the tide against terrorists, insurgents, bandits and kidnappers any more, given the daily ugly security developments in the country.

“The president should at this moment be more concerned about the security of Nigerians who he swore an oath to protect by listening to the the increasing calls by well meaning Nigerians including the National Assembly that he changes the service chiefs and completely overhaul the security architecture for efficiency.

“We call on him to be more concerned about this than regime protection as everyone has embraced democracy with no one reasoning along that line anymore.

“Many people have been mauled down unjustly with unquantifiable number of public and private assets destroyed in the past few months and this development should be a thing of great concern to a president that swore a sacred oath to protect his people and the country.”

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