Abduction Of Students: NUT, NANS Threaten To Shut Down All Schools Nationwide


With the incessant kidnapping of innocent students in schools in some parts of the country by bandits, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, and the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, today said they would shut down schools since the lives of students and teachers are no longer safe.

Speaking in separate interviews with Newsmen, the National Secretary of the NUT, Dr Mike Ene and the Southwest Coordinator of NANS, Kappo Olawale Samuel, noted that it was apparent that some people were all out to discourage and put a setback to education in Nigeria.

They were reacting to the abduction of about 300 girls at the Government Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State late Thursday night.

“These abductions here and there are deliberate steps to discourage education and encourage school drop out. It is unfortunate that schools have now become soft targets and we appear helpless. I watched a video yesterday where Shekau said anybody who identifies with Western Education is their enemy.

“You can see that by targeting boys-only schools and girls only schools, their aim is to discourage both males and females from going to school. We will not succumb to their threat and harassment. We are still battling with the Kagara boys matter and now this one.

‘We won’t also hesitate to shut down all schools if the lives of the students and teachers are not safe. The Zamfara State Governor said his amnesty programme is working, where is the result now? It is like if you are shaking somebody with your right hand and the person is slapping you with his left hand, won’t you let go, ” he said.

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