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Schools’ safety and government’s self-defeat 

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Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba

Sir: If there is a place where pupils should be safer, it is the school. The provision of this safety is now a herculean task for our governments, whose major obligation is to guarantee the security of lives and property. School goers, the toddlers, and our children whom we are to hand over our lives to in the future need to be trained and secured in a way that posterity will be fair to us.

There was a man in my village, who had six wives and 36 children. One day, the man became so angry that he left the village without his large family and he was nowhere to be found. The family fought one another till all were lost. The man returned after some time but he became so lonely and subsequently committed suicide.

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Before he died, he went around the village saying: “I lost everything I had because I could not secure my family. I failed to perform my duties as a father.” He warned people around to learn from his fall. This incident happened 100 years back. 

Back to the Federal Government of Nigeria who said that it could not secure all schools; then that simply means that it cannot secure Nigerians from bandits. Education Minister, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, told parents to be vigilant, “we can’t secure all schools.” It was shocking. This is self-defeat. Nwajiuba also claimed that almost all schools in the country were fenced.” Whether a school is fenced or not, the fact is that our schools need security. Please, not the kind of those community volunteers who are only armed with a stick against the AK47-carrying bandits.

This statement is pathetic and barbaric. It shows the country as one that cannot provide for its citizens a better environment to live in. 

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It would have been better if the Federal Government listed the schools they can secure and the ones they can’t so that we know what to do.

In Kankara, Kagara, Jangebe, Birnin Gwari students and teachers were chased by bandits. These bandits request ransom, video students in a very terrible situation, and yet the government is only negotiating and paying the ransoms. What is the use of our security forces?

Are these bandits more powerful, skillful than our troops or are they untraceable or the government failed to perform its responsibility for which it was enthroned? The governor of Zamfara claimed that there were people fueling these criminals; why not fish them out so that we can rest.

The Federal Government should end this daunting issue so that our schools will be free and the nation will protect its future leaders. 

Usman Abdullahi Koli is a student of Mass Communication Department, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi.

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