IF there is a place where pupils should be safe, it is in school. The provision of this safety is now a herculean task for our governments whose major obligation is to guarantee the security of lives and property.
If the Federal Government of Nigeria said that it cannot secure all schools, this simply means that it cannot secure Nigerians from the monsters it made – the bandits.
The Education Minister of state, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba told parents to be vigilant because “we can’t secure all schools.” This is shocking. It is self-defeat. Nwajiuba also claimed that “almost all schools in the country are fenced.” Whether a school is fenced or not, the fact is that our schools need security, not the community volunteers who are armed with stick against the AK47 carrying bandits.
The minister affirmed this by saying that perimeter fencing by the community, are not too effective. In a country that cannot provide for its citizens a better environment to live or a conducive atmosphere or good infrastructures, yet the masses are not complaining and still, they are robbed of the confidence to take their wards to school.
It’s an affirmation of self-defeat for any government to say it cannot secure all schools. It would have been better if the FG listed the schools they can secure and the ones they can’t, so that we know what to do. If the government cannot secure and safeguard the only place where people acquire knowledge, it is building more potential threats.
I often ask myself, are these bandits more powerful, skillful than our troops? Are they untraceable or the government failed to perform its responsibility? of which it was enthroned? The governor of Zamfara claimed that there were people fueling these criminals; why not fish them out so that we can rest.
The Federal Government should take the necessary steps to end this daunting issue so that our schools will be free and the nation will protect its future leaders.
Usman Abdullahi Koli,
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