The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has appealed to bandits to halt the abduction of students.
The minister made the appeal when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
He was asked to comment on the release of three abducted students of the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State.
“I’m elated; this is the kind of news is what I want to be hearing everyday that they should please return our children to us. I am so happy for these children and their parents but I appeal, like I have been appealing.”
” I was in Katsina to plead with the air service men who are flying that area to please. I encourage our military, they are doing tremendous job of following up these kidnappers and these bandits but I appeal to the bandits and whoever talks to them, please leave our schools alone.
“We already have many issues from Kagara to Jangebe to all the places, they have just been disrupting school activities for our children, this is unprecedented. The atmosphere of insecurity is a big setback for us in the school agenda.”
“I am glad to have these three back and I would be glad to have all of them back,” Nwajiuba added while assuring parents that the government would do everything possible to secure the release of other abducted students.”
Over 900 students are currently being held by bandits who abducted them from their schools.
Despite repeated assurances from the Federal Government to secure lives, armed gangs have continued to make life a hell for many.