The kidnap of students and teachers of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Niger State, by unidentified gunmen has attracted strong terms of the Nigeria Senate.
The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a “state of emergency on insecurity” in the country.
The lawmakers further called on the President Buhari to “consider and implement the recommendations of the Senate ad-Hoc Committee on Nigeria’s Security Challenges dated March, 17, 2020 and Senate Resolutions therefrom, as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
“And order for a massive and combined operation to identify and destroy the camps and hideouts of these criminals wherever they may be situated.”
These resolutions of the Senate followed a motion on a matter of urgent public importance on the incident by Senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan said that the frequent incidents of kidnapping of students would reverse the gains made in school enrollment over the years in the North.
He said parents would no longer yield to persuasion to enroll their wards in schools with the level of insecurity plaguing the area especially the kidnap of school children.
Lawan said: “Let me be a little bit clear about the incidents of abducting students from schools.
“Almost all the incidents of abducting students from schools happened in Northern Nigerian and we all know our leaders of yesterday, probably right from independence, have worked so hard to ensure that children go to school in Northern part of Nigeria.
“With incidents like these we will be reversing all the gains that were made in convincing parents to take their children to school.
“So there is need for our security agencies and government to ensure that we come up with strategies of ensuring security in schools.
“Because with theses spate of kidnappings and abductions, definitely there will be that negative adverse effect on the desire and willingness of parents to allow their children to go to school.
“And the consequences of not going to school are better imagined in 21st Century Nigeria.