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President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria has blamed Boko Haram terrorists and bandits for the country’s poor student enrollment rates in the north Nigeria. Criminals who have infiltrated schools and kidnapped youngsters, according to the Nigerian President Buhari, have made it difficult for the children to return to school.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, stated that over 12 million Nigerian children, predominantly females, have been traumatized and are afraid to return to school.
Buhari also condemned the kidnapping and attacks on students in Chibok, Dapchi, Buni Yadi, Afaka, Kagora, and Jangebe, respectively, in Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Niger, and Zamfara states.
See Buhari Statement Below:
You may wish to know that the first known abduction of school children in Nigeria took place in 2014, when 276 girls were taken from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, North-east Nigeria.
Since then, attacks on schools and abductions of students have grown in number and spread across the northern part of the country.
The Nigerian government is highly committed to prioritising safety in schools to protect investments in the education sector which will validate the endorsement of the safe schools’ declaration.
It is disheartening to note that even when the abducted students are released, the trauma of the incidences remain long in their minds hence the plan to have teachers trained on psycho-social support.
It has been tough dealing with these security challenges and their effects. Moving forward, our faith in the nation is unshaken.
We have been strong, determined and robust in order to enhance the security of learning institutions and the occupants therein.”
With the support of the SSD framework, Nigeria has been able to methodically build policies and processes to defend education, according to the President.
President Buhari also stated that the approved policy on school safety, security, and violence-free environments will be used as a response document to promote school safety.
To safeguard the safety of students, teachers, and the school community, the Buhari stated that his government has identified and implemented methods to address all types of threats affecting all school activities.