The ongoing kidnapping of students and the resulting closure of schools, particularly in northern Nigeria, convey a message to the country: Nigeria is nearing the end of civilization. As pessimistic as it may seem, this is the bleak reality of a country playing destructive politics with its future. Fate ahead can still be reversed, but only if governments, especially the federal government, wake up and do their duty to protect citizens from harm.
No fewer than 618 schools in seven northern schools have been closed since the kidnapping of 27 boys and their teachers in February at a school in Kagara, Niger state, and the scandalous kidnapping of nearly 300 students from the state secondary school for girls in Jangebe, Zamfara state States remained about fear of attacks and kidnappings of students and staff. The states affected are Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Kaduna and Yobe.
When the terrorist sect Boko Haram announced about 10 years ago that Western education was banned in Nigeria, many wondered how that would happen. But the effects of window dressing by the government and its security apparatus have motivated crime to an almost unmanageable level. Even in Abuja, parents are afraid because the regular kidnappings take place in states that share borders with the federal capital.
How do these criminals move on with enough confidence to attend meetings with government officials? How can a government watch helplessly as the tragedy unfolds every day? As it is, education suffers double attacks: one due to insufficient funding and another due to threat and insecurity. The representative of the Nigerian UNICEF country, Peter Hawkins, was therefore right when he stated: “At a time when the pandemic is widespread and some parents have withdrawn their children from school or have not sent their children back to school, the Insecurity and the threat to educational institutions can only make an already difficult situation worse. “Indeed, this kidnapping strategy, which began in Chibok, Borno state in 2014, and the associated school closure has not only exacerbated the decline in culture and values, but is counterproductive as it turns this country into a dark, medieval, declining land is returning society floating towards the backwaters of civilization.
Not long ago, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai did a social analysis of the country when he stated, “In terms of statistics, Nigeria appears to be a middle-income country, but when we look at these statistics Dividing states and zones, you will see that Nigeria is made up of two countries in terms of human development indicators. There is a backward, less educated and unhealthy northern Nigeria and a developing, largely educated and healthy southern Nigeria. “Given the curious nature of this inequality that successive governments at all levels have created through their blatant omissions and incompetence, is it surprising that some murderous groups are in the arms to rub salt against injury and make the country ungovernable?
Tragically, Nigerian schools, especially public schools, are not beginners in the phenomenal development that is gradually marking formal classroom education as an obsolete form of knowledge production, acquisition, and self-development. However, the same Nigerian children from the lower Brampton Manor Academy in East London, led by a Nigerian headmaster, have attended elite schools like Eton and Harrow for admission to Cambridge and Oxford universities. The same Nigeria, known worldwide as one of the countries with the most impressive harvest of human resources, has produced an array of scientists, engineers and academic professionals who populate far-flung areas of the world.
Unfortunately, the country is experiencing another wave of skilled brain drain. a quick escape from those high quality human resources that the country has left to the dregs that seek the height of political power. Does Nigeria have to rot this way? Must their fate be surrendered to bandit imperialism?
The current situation is a clear call to every citizen who cares about the future of Nigeria and the future generations of Nigerians to stand up now and demand concrete action to stop this destruction. All government arms should urgently approve the local vigilante groups and state police. This is no time to rewarm the misfortunes in the education sector or streamline government inaction.
Fixed measures need to be taken quickly. It is evident that the gumisk practice of mediating between bandits and government may give legitimacy to bandits and encourage kidnappings. This is counterproductive and should be discouraged. It is also clear that both the police and the military are overwhelmed by riots and crime across the country.
Nigerians must start smoking out enemies who fuel these lucrative industries of banditry and kidnapping, no matter who they are or what political influence they are. Bandits and kidnappers are not allowed to rest within the borders of the country unless they end their deadly occupation.
This social dysfunction will not go away if it is not addressed directly. And it can be tackled by Nigeria’s a number of famous and patriotic minds who devote time and resources to thwarting these Mephistopheles who are infecting the country with the contagion of hatred and slaughter. Nigeria, with its resources and potential, cannot afford to be molested by a group of insane and irrationally fearful misanthropes. Your people are very much aware of their global standing and the influence they have through no man’s well. If Cambodia could rise again from the corpses of Pol Pot’s bloodthirsty madness and cruel megalomania, Nigeria could become stronger than ever.
However, this can only happen if all well-meaning Nigerians with patriotic minds unite to save education and Nigeria.