Insecurity: Atiku Abubakar weighs in on attacks on schools
A former vice president of Nigeria and candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, Alh. Atiku Abubakar has weighed in on the security situation in the country, calling for concerted efforts in tackling insecurity.
Abubakar made this call in series of tweets on his official Twitter account on Tuesday.
He said: “Darkness Awaits Us If We Do Not End The Attacks on Our Citadels of Learning.
“The abduction of yet an unspecified number of undergraduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, is one abduction too many.
“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 re occurrences.”
Abubakar added, “this must not be allowed to become our new normal. It is time for us as a nation to face the reality that we have an emergency on our hands. A catastrophe that must be decisively dealt with before it snowballs into an existential crisis.
“We must stop treating these acts of criminality with kid gloves. Enough is enough! There must be the safety of lives and property in our citadels of learning.”
He called on the government to bring the full weight of the law on the perpetrators of the heinous crimes, noting that “once these criminals have clarity on what awaits them should they toe such evils 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”.
“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”, he stressed.