Richard Ginika Izuora
The United Nations, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned Wednesday’s attack by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, during which no fewer than 27 were kidnapped in the night raid on the boarding school.
According to the BBC, three members of staff and 12 of their relatives were also abducted by the assailants.
In a statement by his Spokesman, the UN SG described attacks on schools; and other educational facilities as “abhorrent and unacceptable”.
He urged the Federal Government to “spare no efforts in rescuing those abducted and holding to account those responsible for this act”.
The UN chief expressed his “deepest condolences” to the bereaved and his sympathies to affected families.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also reacted in a statement; in which it condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms”.
It called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of any children who might be missing; as well as their safe return to their families.
UNICEF quoted its Nigeria Representative, Mr Peter Hawkins, as saying that attacks on schools were a violation of children’s rights.
“Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times.
“Parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning,” Hawkins said, according to the statement.
He acknowledged efforts being taken by security agencies to rescue the missing children and safely return them to their families.