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General News of Friday, 12 March 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Atiku sympathizes with families of abducted students

The presidential candidate of the largest opposition party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar The presidential candidate of the largest opposition party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar

The presidential candidate of the largest opposition party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has sympathized with the families of the abducted female students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

This comes after the news went rife that not more than 30 students and members of staff were abducted on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The Punch reports that the gunmen left the male students behind.

The abduction comes barely two weeks after nearly 300 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Niger State regain their freedom from bandits who had abducted them from their school, The Punch reports.

In 2014, Nigeria witnessed the abduction of over 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists.

In 2018, 110 girls from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State were also abducted by Boko Haram.

Reacting to the trend, Atiku, on his verified Twitter handle, expressed worries about the effect it will have on the education of the girl child in the North.

“A situation where only girl students—an already vulnerable group that is playing catch-up in the North, is specifically targeted for abduction raises serious concerns,” he said.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the affected students’ families, even as I urge that no resources should be spared to secure their release. The question is: how long shall we continue with this situation?”

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