By:Babagana Bukar Wakil, Maiduguri
The United Nations Children Fund expressed concern over the abduction of over 317 students at the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, northwest Nigerian, describing it as a gross violation of children’s rights.
The UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, in a statement condemned the attack in strong terms. He said UNICEF was working to confirm the exact number of kidnapped students, currently estimated to be more than 300.
Hawkins says they are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on school children in Nigeria.
This is a gross violation of children’s rights and a horrific experience for children to go through one which could have long-lasting effects on their mental health and well-being.
UNICEF further stated that Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning.
UNICEF acknowledges efforts being made by the Government of Nigeria to secure the release of kidnapped school children in Nigeria and calls on the government and all concerned to make schools safe in Nigeria.