According to Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s nominee for president, more students may drop out of school as a result of the kidnapping of a number of female Federal University Gusau students in the Sabin Gida region of Zamfara State.
Obi said that the kidnapping of the female students will have a detrimental effect on the nation’s educational system in a post on X on Tuesday.
His words: “Attacks like this will only impact negatively on the education system, forcing more students out of school. The government, therefore, owes the nation a duty to deliver its primary duty of securing lives and properties, which is the first step towards national development.
“The report of the unfortunate abduction of some female students of the Federal University of Gusau from their hostels at Sabon-Gida community in the Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State is very disturbing.
“This act remains condemnable, and the incident brings to bear once again, the national challenge of insecurity which has continued to threaten our national peace and development. While I commend the security agencies for rescuing some of the abducted students already.
“I urge them to make more stringent efforts to ensure that the remaining students are rescued unhurt. This, and many other attacks on students, is an attack on education in a country where over 18 million out-of-school children are already roaming the streets.
“I sympathize with the victims of this unfortunate incident. I share the agony of their parents and relations in this trying moment. I pray that they will be rescued and reunited with their families and loved ones.
“We must as a nation resist any attempt to allow criminals to make the rules by which we live as a national community. And we should not allow bandits and criminals to destroy our nation.
“Combating insecurity remains the priority in the New Nigeria of my dream because I strongly believe that a safe and secure Nigeria is indeed possible.”