- Many prominent Nigerians have cried out against the abduction of students in Kankara, Katsina
- Among the persons is Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister
- Okonjo-Iweala referred to the kidnap of the boys as nothing short of a nightmare
A former finance minister in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has expressed deep displeasure over the abduction of secondary students in Kankara, Katsina state.
Okonjo-Iweala on her Twitter page on Tuesday, December 15, described the development as a heartbreaking and recurring nightmare.
The former minister called on the federal government, the President Buhari-led administration, and the nation's security forces to secure the release of the boys.
In her brief tweet, Okonjo-Iweala said that those who use students as pawns must be held accountable.
"The abduction of more than 300 school boys in Katsina is heartbreaking. What a recurring nightmare. My heart goes out to the families of the missing boys.
"The authorities must do all possible to #BringBackOurBoys! Those using our children as pawns must be held accountable!"
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Union of Teachers had called on the federal government to wake up and change the narrative of the security situation in the country.
The NUT in a statement signed by its secretary-general, Mike Ene, on Tuesday, December 15, said that if the government fails to do the needful, its members would go on a nationwide strike.
The union cited cases of teachers abducted in Edo and Delta and mentioned the recent kidnap of many students in the Kankara part of Katsina.
It stated that these developments are a grim reminder of the Chibok and Dapchi experience in Borno state.
Moreover, the NUT informed the government that nothing drastic is done soon, the 2019/2020 academic calendar.
Part of the statement by the union reads:
"The recent condemnable events of bandit attack on schools, if not immediately addressed will largely affect the 2019/2020 academic calendar which has already been disrupted by the six-month-long lockdown caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic.
"As a union, the NUT will not fold her hands and watch enemies of educational development threaten the nation’s educational system to suffocation."
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