The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) says the latest kidnapping of schoolchildren is a “grand design” to inhibit the growth of the area through education.
CNG stated this on Sunday, in its reaction to the latest abduction of 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangede in Talata-Mafara local government area of Zamfara, earlier on Friday.
This is the third abduction of schoolchildren in the northern part of the country in the space of three months.
In the statement on Sunday which was signed by Abdul-Azeez Suleman, the spokesperson of the coalition, CNG implored the northern leaders to work towards tackling insecurity in the region.
“We see the recent escalation of kidnap of schoolchildren as a grand design to cripple the educational viability of the northern region, after having messed up its economy and mutual cohesion,” the coalition said.
“We call on northern leaders to interrogate the extent of levity of the federal authorities in not being able to anticipate and checkmate the manoeuvres of marauding bands of criminals that roam northern communities and operate at will targeting such soft spots as schools.
“The situation is also difficult for absolutely everyone, as we wonder about the future and worry about each other, our neighbours, our friends, our families and ourselves.”