The African Democratic Congress has condemned the abduction of about 300 students from their school in Zamfara State, on Friday, 26th of February and the party demanded the instant and immediate release of the students. The National Chairman of ADC, Chief Ralphs Nwosu therefore called on the APC led government to quit ridiculing the country.
Chief Nwosu in a press issued on Sunday insisted that the abduction and massacre of farmers in the North-East and North-West within the last 3 months: 344 at Government Science School, Kankara, Katsina State on the 11th of December, 2020; 80 at Islamiya Schools Mahuta Town, Katsina State on the 20th of December, 2020; 42 at the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State on the 17th of February, 2021; to the 317 at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, was a national disgrace.
It would be recalled that over 300 girls were kidnapped in Chibok, Bornu State on the 14/15th of April 2014 and about 113, at the Government Girls Secondary and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on the 19th of February 2018, making over 1157 people, mostly young girls who have been kidnapped by either bandits or boko haram over the years.
The National Chairman said that ADC in collaboration with eminent and concerned patriots in this country had advised President Buhari to embark on serious stakeholders’ consultation and national conference to proffer solutions to the security and myriad of other challenges facing the country especially now.
He said, “The Federal Government may continue to deny knowledge of the persons involved in these national chaos and anarchy, but they should understand that the people cannot be fooled any longer. The APC style of “successful negotiations” by the Nigerian government officials is another avenue for wastage and corruption, and should be stopped. Kidnapping and abduction should not be treated as a business venture that must be paid for.”
“If the government can negotiate with bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and abductor, what kind of country are we running? Needless to say that young and innocent Nigerians, yet in their prime who raised their voices to say it was time to end bad governance, police brutality and injustice were murdered in broad day light in the night, on the 20th of October, 2020.”
With the general challenges the country is faced with: bad roads, electricity, education, lack of job opportunities, health amenities and corruption, that was arrogantly professed would be dealt with by the present administration; Chief Nwosu restated that security issues are fast doing worse than the initial problems. He said that in a country where celebrated kidnappers are now even being kidnapped, our security challenges might remain unchanged this year.
“It has become a well known fact that bandits and boko haram terrorists are first negotiated with, after which they are crowned as Kings. Little wonder that they continue to destroy everything and humans they find in their path. If things degenerate more than this, we can’t imagine the volcanic eruption waiting to be seen in our delicate country.”
He concluded that this latest one after the Niger State, is one too many. He therefore calls on the government of APC at the national level to throw in the towel and save the country any further embarrassment and more loss of innocent lives.