- Aisha Babangida has attributed greed, corruption and poverty to the Kagara abduction
- In her reaction to the abduction, Babangida said she "felt abducted" when the news broke
- Babangida prayed that the students are returned back to their home "quickly and safely"
Aisha Babangida, daughter of the former military head of state and prominent statesman Ibrahim Babangida, has urged the federal government to "reevaluate the root causes of kidnapping and address them"
Reacting to the abduction of college students in Kagara by suspected bandits in a post on her Instagram page on Thursday, February 18, Babangida said she shared the pain of the victims.
She prayed that the students be found and returned home "quickly and safely", saying she also "felt abducted" by the news which has plunged Niger state into a palpable panic.
Legit.ng had reported that some suspected terrorists on Tuesday, February 16, stormed the government college, shot sporadically, with one student feared killed and several others including the teachers abducted.
This is coming months after a similar plot played out in Katsina state where schoolboys were abducted in Kankara local government.
Babangida, who identified poverty, illiteracy, greed, and corruption as the root causes of the abduction, labelled the kidnappers as "monsters."
Her post read:
"I felt abducted myself when I heard about the kidnap of our children at the Government Science College, Kagar. Niger State. Abduction is the work of monsters. There is no return from such deeds, only an eternity of nothing.
"My prayers are of our children to be found quickly and safely. My prayers are for the beautiful souls lost through this horrendous tragedy. My prayers are for the dear parents who must be going through such pain and anxiety over the whereabouts of their dear children.
"It is so heartbreaking that we work to protect children from harm, but yet the dangers that face our children within our communities is truly disturbing. What causes these kidnappings you might ask; Unemployment, Poverty, Illiteracy, Greed, Corruption."
They are terrorists, not bandits - Musa
Meanwhile, hours after the abduction of Kagara students of Government Science College in Niger, one of the state's senators Sani Musa (Niger East) said the abductors were terrorists, not bandits as popularly assumed.
Speaking with Channels TV on Wednesday, February 17, Musa likened the unfortunate abduction to that of Chibok (Borno), Dapchi (Yobe) and Kankara (Katsina).
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