- A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has decried the alleged complacency of the Nigerian government in its handling of bandits and kidnappers
- The politician said the government must ensure the safety of lives and property in academic institutions
- Atiku explained that when criminals profit from their criminality, crime will increase
A former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has warned the federal government that the increase in the cases of abduction is becoming a catastrophe that must be decisively dealt with before it snowballs into a major crisis.
Atiku called for strong punitive actions to be imposed on the culprits behind kidnappings and other violent crimes.
''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 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.''
The politician repeated his call for a state of emergency to be declared in the education sector.
He also advocated for armed guards to be posted at all schools in the affected states around the clock.
Meanwhile, the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says he is concerned over the safety of his children in public schools in Nigeria.
Nwajiuba made the statement when speaking about securing school children in an interview on Channels TV’s programme.
The minister stated that he is as worried as any Nigerian parent would over the security challenges in the country.
In another news, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, a prominent Islamic cleric, has again called on the Nigerian government to grant amnesty to the armed bandits wreaking havoc across northern Nigeria.
Sheikh Gumi who was recently at the forefront of the negotiations with bandits said those he met in the past have repented.
The Islamic scholar said the bandits he met with are no longer involved in kidnapping.