Habiba Ladan reports
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has claimed that the kidnap of school children in the northern part of the country is an act to weaken educational sector in the region.
Bello said this during a courtesy call paid to him by his colleagues led by Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State in Minna, the Niger state capital.
Bello also stated that the current attack on schools in northern Nigeria will only discourage children that want to acquire knowledge which will further deteriorate the educational standard of school, which is lower than that of other regions in Nigeria.
“We can not let the children who desire to go to school be intimidated by these terrorists in our society. We need to take this seriously especially in this region where educational level is low” he stated.
Bello asked the government to protect children from intimidation while in school by all means. He stated that the abduction of school children in Katsina State and those of the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State is a sufficient indication of this effect.
“I think there’s a conspiracy somewhere to deprive children from going to school and we must make it our priority to protect the children when they are at school,” he said.
The Governor said he will employ dialogue with kidnappers to resure release of captives and will further result to dialogue with gunmen to further discuss their surrender.