The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has expressed deep concern over the spiraling insecurity in the country, especially in the Northeast and Northwest zones.
Chairman of the CECPC, and Yobe State Governor, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, stated the party’s position and tasked the nation’s security chiefs to double their efforts towards salvaging the situation.
While noting that students could no longer go to school safely, he said there was no greater harm that insecurity could do to a nation than to destroy its education and the future of its youths.
According to the statement: “Last Friday, the nation learnt of the grim and sad news that more than 500 students were abducted from Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State. On Sunday, the nation learnt again that more than 330 of those students are still missing.
“This is a particularly sad and difficult moment not just for the families of the student victims and the government and people of Katsina State but for the entire country.
“Our thoughts and prayers are therefore with the victims and their families as well as the government and people of Katsina State.
“These abductions bring to mind the sad incidents in Chibok and Dapchi in Borno and Yobe States, respectively, a few years ago where students undergoing their studies and working hard to become tomorrow’s leaders were abducted by insurgents and made to go through appallingly harrowing experiences.
“As the Buhari administration works harder to improve the security situation in the country, the APC calls on the nation’s security agencies to dig deeper and do better by ensuring that our students can go to school safely and learn all across the country. There is no greater harm that insecurity can do to a nation than to destroy its education and the future of its youths.
“The APC believes that the security agencies have the will, commitment, and training to restore public confidence in their ability to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.
“They should therefore demonstrate this commitment by more robustly going after criminals and denying them the space to perpetrate crime.”