What is preventing the minister of education or FG from calling an emergency session on school protection following the incessant attacks and kidnapping of students in our schools?
By now, we should have learnt some lessons from all the other kidnappings. Are there locations that are more vulnerable? What can be done in the interim and long term? Can we set up a school protection force? Relocate some schools and so on? Should we abandon the boarding school system? What should be the way forward following the almost complete breakdown of security in the country?
School owners, government, security agencies and all other stakeholders should at this point be having conversations on the possible way out of this nightmarish quagmire we have found ourselves. I am not seeing that seriousness or willingness to have this national conversation.
What I see is a country that doesn’t even care about what happens, and avoiding any official conversation with the citizens and those affected on this very important subject. But they are always ready to issue worthless statements whenever another incident happens.
Imagine wearing the same clothes for 47days. Not brushing you mouth or having the opportunity to clean up properly. That has been the fate of the students kidnapped from the school of forestry in Kaduna.
They are also citizens. Their only offence was that they sort to be educated.
At some point, something must give! We can’t continue like this. As a parent, I can’t begin to imagine my own child in such a condition. It is even traumatic to imagine..