- Northern youths accuse military of complicity in abduction, Say “NSA Must Go”
Again, the Northern Governors Forum, (NGF), has condemned another attack on Government Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State where hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted.
In an issued statement, the chairman of the Forum and the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, said this trend is unacceptable and strong measures must be taken to put an end to it before it escalates into a monster that will consume educational pursuit and national aspirations. The governor said this development which is coming on the heels of the abduction of school children in Kagara, Niger State still being addressed, calls for serious concerns among all Nigerians.
He said “as Northern Governors, we are deeply saddened by this embarrassing and unfortunate attack on our children who are in schools to seek knowledge and build capacity to impact the nation and create a better society. The assault on schools where innocent and harmless students are targeted should not be condoned in any way because it has the tendency to set the nation back to ignorance and more poverty. The Northern part of the country in particular is more educationally disadvantaged and cannot afford to have these disruptions. Enough is enough”.
The Northern Governors, therefore, urged security agencies to use every asset at their disposal to rescue the children and bring to justice those behind the act. They also want Nigerians to support the security agencies and government with credible information that will lead to swift resolution of the situation. Lalong sympathised with the families of the abducted school children, the people and Government of Zamfara State, assuring them of the support of the Forum in tackling the problem.
The Forum resolved to take far reaching measures to address insecurity and other challenges of the region and the nation at large.
Meanwhile, the Northern Youths Movement, (NYM), has accused the military of complicity in the abduction of over 300 GGSS Jangebe students. The NYM, in a press statement issued in Abuja on yesterday, said it was becoming obvious that the military authorities will not want banditry in the North-West and Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East to end because of benefits being derived from it.
The youths, who called for the removal of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), said it was impossible for bandits to have attacked the school, which is located less than 100 metres to a military checkpoint and abduct over 300 schoolgirls successfully.