It has been reported that unspecified numbers of undergraduates have been abducted, from the Federal University of Agriculture in Benue. This is coming following the abduction of about 23 students from Greenfield University Kaduna.
Reacting to this, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has called for an end to the attacks on schools in Nigeria to prevent the country from plunging into “darkness”.
This was revealed in a statement titled, ‘Darkness Awaits Us If We Do Not End The Attacks on Our Citadels of Learning’.
According to the statement, “The abduction of yet an unspecified number of undergraduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, is one abduction too many”.
The statement added that “It marks both an unacceptable escalation and an expansion of this menace, and we must not only ensure that the abducted youths are rescued, but even more importantly, we must put in measures to prevent future reoccurrences”.
He made it known that “Without it, there would be a loss of confidence in the sector, which will result in low enrolment rates in a country that is already the world headquarters for out of school children. This is all the more reason why I have maintained in the past that impunity must give way to punitive measures. When criminals profit from their criminality, crime will increase”.
The former Vice President also said, “The only response from all governments in Nigeria to acts of abduction, kidnapping and unlawful detention of persons ought to be to bring the full weight of the law on the perpetrators of these heinous crimes”.
He stated that, “Once these criminals have clarity on what awaits them should they toe such evil paths, then their audacity to commit evil will be weakened, and gradually, this ugly chapter in our national life will become a thing of the past”.
The statement also read that, “I renew the call I made on Monday, March 15, 2021, for a state of emergency to be declared in the education sector and for 24 hour armed guards to be posted at all schools in the affected states”.
“Yes, it is an expensive venture. Nevertheless, we must accept that whatever we invest in preserving the lives of Nigeria’s youth is worth the price, as nothing is, or can be more valuable to us than our youths, who will take up the baton after we are gone”, the statement added.