The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Sunday said the persistent attacks on schools in the North is threatening the education of school children, particularly the girl-child.
Lawan made this claim at the first solo exhibition of paintings and photographs by Stephen, son of Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe (Adamawa South).
Bandits in recent times have abducted hundreds of students in school in the northern region of the country.
The latest incident happened last Thursday when bandits abducted students and three teachers of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State.
The state government has indefinitely shut down seven schools located on the frontlines of the areas prone to bandit attacks.
Lawan said: “In northern Nigeria, education has always been a problem and it is making it worse with this kind of abduction of students either in Islamiya school or normal secondary school or even in tertiary institutions like it happened in Afaka in Kaduna State, and I believe we should continue to fight this kind of insurgency, the banditry for us to restore normalcy in our country for our country to make progress.”
“I want to assure everyone that this administration, the Muhammadu Bihari APC administration, will continue to work hard to bring back security to this country.
“It is a challenge, but I believe that it is for all of us – the Federal, States and, of course, the Local Government and all the communities and ethnic groups across the country.
“This is a situation that needs all hands on deck regardless of what you believe in. We all need to survive first before we achieve any excellence and I believe we can do so well.
“We can reverse the current trend of insecurity in our country. It is a very sad development that our education is suffering especially with so much kidnapping of school children especially the girl child.”