By Nelson Ushafa
The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), has condemned the abduction of 317 girls from Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State, saying enough is enough.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong who described the attack on the school as unacceptable said, strong measures must be taken immediately to put an end to it before it escalates into a monster that will consume educational pursuit and national aspirations.
The attack and kidnap of the girls in Zamfara is coming on the heels of the recent abduction of another set of secondary school children in Kagara, Niger State who are still held captive by armed bandits.
Reacting to the Zamfara school attack, the governor expressed sadness, adding that the trend is becoming embarrassing to the forum and the entire nation.
In his words “as Northern Governors, we are deeply saddened by this embarrassing and unfortunate attack on our children who are in schools to seek knowledge and build capacity to impact the nation and create a better society.
“The assault on schools where innocent and harmless students are targeted should not be condoned in any way because it has the tendency to set the nation back to ignorance and more poverty. The Northern part of the country in particular is more educationally disadvantaged and cannot afford to have these disruptions. Enough is enough”.
The Northern Governors called on Nigerians to provide credible information to the government and security agencies that will lead to swift resolution of the situation.
While also sympathizing with the families, the people and Government of Zamfara State over the unfortunate attack, the Forum urged security agencies to use every asset at their disposal to rescue the children and bring to justice those behind the act.