By Tunde Oguntola |
While this is, of course, a time of profound sorrow for the family and loved ones of kidnapped Green Field University students who were killed by their abductors, with others still in captivity, as well as Federal College Of Forestry Mechanisation Afaka students, I deeply commiserate with the families and loved ones of these young stars over the huge loss and the attack on our educational system.
Alarmed by the killings, a nationwide outrage greeted the news of the death of three of the kidnapped students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, by their abductors as Nigerians on social media (Twitter, Facebook) expressed sadness over the demise, calling on federal government to stop the horror and praying for souls of the departed.
At the moment five of the students have been confirmed dead by the commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, as two more have recently been killed.
The need for the quick implementation of the Safe School Initiative cannot be overemphasised. However, this appears to be another challenge for our security agencies. It is time for our service chiefs to prove themselves worthy of their positions.
The executive director, Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICHED) Dr Ibrahim Zikirullahi, notes that it is very sad that life no longer has value in Nigeria, as people take the lives of others at will.
Commiserating with families of the deceased and others who remain in captivity, he says, “It is sad that Kaduna State, fortified with different security formations could be having security challenges
‘’Although some people are of the opinion that the government should pay ransom as an alternative, I am of the view that going into conversation and negotiations with them to release the innocent children is better.
‘’Everyone knows that insecurity in this country is majorly caused by politicians who do not think to address the welfare of their people. At the moment the nation’s education sector is in shambles while our health system is calling for urgent attention,’’ Zikirullahi said.
Also, a public affairs analyst, James Uneze, condemned the series of attacks on schools in the country, saying the murder of abducted students of the private university was calculated to halt education.
Uneze, however, prayed for the repose of the souls of students killed by the bandits, describing the incident as an act of wickedness and barbarity.
He told me that the perpetrators must not go unpunished. And to this we say, the federal government should take a decisive step and prevent things falling apart!