Nigerians, on Sunday, December 13, raised their voices loudly in reaction to the recent attack in Katsina state by hundreds of gunmen believed to be bandits.
On Friday, December 11, the bandits raided a school in Kankara local government area of Katsina state and reportedly abducted around 300 of them.
Legit.ng reported that a former senator, representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, was among the first people to confirm the sad event on Twitter.
This has, however, not stopped Nigerians from reacting to the sad occurrence on social media.
Legit.ng noted that a hashtag #Bringbackourboys has been trending for the better part of Sunday, December 13 as citizens added their voice to the uproar that greeted the Friday abductions.
Our editorial team compiled some of the reactions below:
Twitter user @maxajee is worried about what will happen to the abducted children if they are not promptly rescued by the government.
Another user @DeejerhShareef does not want long talk from the government, just rescue the terrified kids.
@Imieey has been having sleepless nights since the abduction.
Twitter user @JibrilSJB wants the Katsina government and others in the region to explain how the abduction happened without the criminals being apprehended.
@Cute_smoulder is lending his voice to the #bringbackourboys trend because he is concerned the attacks might spread to other parts of Nigeria.
Is history repeating itself?
Legit.ng notes that this is not the first time that Nigeria is witnessing such abduction of this magnitude. Over six years ago, on April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok area of Borno state.
The popular #bringbackourgirls group was created to pressure the Nigerian government to do all it can to make sure that the girls were returned safely to their families.
Although some of the girls were returned by Boko Haram after mediation between the insurgents and the Nigerian government between 2016 and 2017, several of the girls remain unreturned.
Legit.ng has more crucial facts on the 2014 schoolchildren abductions here.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported recently that the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, concerned by the growing insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the northern parts, urged her husband, the president, to take strong action.
The message, which was hashtagged, was written in her local Hausa dialect and loosely translated as "Save the people".
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