Northern Nigeria Faces Educational Threat—Lawmaker
By Bliss Okperan
A lawmaker representing Kaura-Namoda/Birnin Magaji Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Mr Aminu Sani Jaji, has raised alarm over the safety of children in schools in some parts of Northern Nigeria.
The part of the country has witnessed kidnappings by terrorists and bandits, including in schools, leading to a low appetite for education over safety issues.
While addressing newsmen in Abuja, he said, “These concerns intensify as incidents like the kidnapping of Federal University Gusau students follow purported dialogues, prompting public figures to call for a holistic approach to address the insecurity crisis decisively.”
“Addressing the issue through motion, discussing killings in various constituencies, observing a minute of silence, and calling on security agencies to take action, has not provided a solution to the problem,” he added.
Mr Jaji has said that its residents now live in fear of the criminal activities being carried out by bandits, thereby damaging the educational sector.
He urged both the federal and state governments to unite and address the issue with sincerity to combat insecurity effectively.
Mr Jaji said, “Insecurity in the North-West is a matter of great concern, as the lives and properties of the people should not be subject to political manoeuvring.”
He further describes the necessity for nationwide awareness about the security challenges faced in Zamfara State and the broader North-West region, adding that security matters should not be treated as political games.
Reports carried out by news agencies show that the abduction of female students at the Federal University, Gusau, in Zamfara State, proves that banditry remains a serious security menace to Nigeria.
The bandits invaded female hostels near the institution in an early morning raid, on September 22, they captured 30 students, traumatizing the victims and their families.