The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group:- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has advocated massive withdrawal of students from schools and enrolments into home tutorials since President Muhammadu Buhari appears to be pampering armed kidnappers of students.
“We believe that such mass action like withdrawal of pupils and students on protest if carried out all across the Northern region and supported by Parents in Southern Nigeria but especially in the Northern region whereby kidnappings of students have not abated will compel the United Nations to take concrete steps to pressure the current Federal administration in Nigeria to end the spate of kidnappings of students which is a direct Franchise of armed non-state actors in Cohon with Security forces”.
HURIWA accused the international community of simply watching as these kidnappings of vulnerable Nigerian children from their schools continues and it appears that World leaders are simply entertained by these barbaric tendencies of these Nigerian kidnappers who are enjoying the solidarity and support of those in government today in Nigeria.
Besides, the Rights group said all that it will require for any thinking person to know that the central government in Nigeria is not bottered about the rising trends of armed hijacking of pupils and students is the way the Federal government attempted to shift blame to the state by claiming that kidnapping is a state offence. This lame excuse which is even false because the Federal Attorney General is prosecuting about two high profile kidnappers like Alhaji Wadume of Taraba State.”
“Do we need a soothsayer to tell us that this Federal administration of Muhammadu Buhari has lost control of the security situation particularly with the increasing insecurity around schools especially in Northern Nigeria? This government through the Police and other security forces have failed to stop the menace of kidnappings from happening in what looks like a conspiracy between the kidnappers and the security forces whose top Commanders may be benefitting from the huge ransoms paid out by victims.
HURIWA in the media statement by the National Coordinator for Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf also accused the federal government of pampering the armed kidnappers who are mostly Fulani’s because on many occasions the Kaduna based Islamic Cleric Sheikh Ahmed Gumi had had to meet these kidnappers alongside government officials and these Federal government officials defended the meetings between Gumi and armed terrorists on the nebulous ground that government is using back channels to negotiate with kidnappers.
“Both the National Security Adviser Retired General Monguno and the information Minister Lai Mohammed have consistently justified the fact that government is unwilling to bring the kidnappers to justice but approves the pampering of these armed kidnappers who keep going from school to school to kidnap innocent students and attracting global opprobrium on Nigeria.”
HURIWA therefore is proposing immediate withdrawal of students from schools and enrolments of these endangered students for home tutorials whereby the parents should on their own protect their children because the government they elected and whose Primary responsibility legally is to protect lives and proper of citizens, are the persons pampering armed kidnappers and encouraging the rapid growth of the terrorism of kidnappings for ransoms.
HURIWA recalled that On 31st May 2021, an armed gang abducted dozens of students from an Islamic school in the northcentral Nigerian state of Niger on Sunday, police and state government officials said. The Rights group condemned the Niger State governor for going to party on the same day of this kidnapping and to later jet off to God knows where abroad. Both the state governors and the President are not bottered about ending the spate of kidnappings of students.
HURIWA recalled that some 200 children were at the school at the time of Sunday’s attack, the Niger state government said on Twitter, adding that “an unconfirmed number” had been taken.
The abduction came a day after 14 students from a university in northwestern Nigeria were freed, having spent 40 days in captivity.
HURIWA listed some of the recent kidnappings as folliws: Name of the School:- Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe town in Zamfara State
Kidnapped 279 female students aged between 10 and 17 School girls, on Friday 26 February, 2021.
On 14TH April 2014. Boko Haram kidnaped 276 female pupils in Chibok the Government Girls Secondary School at the town of Chibok in Borno State,
On 17th February, 2021 about Twenty- Seven student , three staff and 12 memebers of their families were kidnapped in from a boys’ secondary boarding school on the outskirts of Kankara, Katsina State, northern Nigeria.