Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has reiterated a similar warning he made in February 2014 before close to 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months later in Chibok by Boko Haram.
Mr. Atiku released a statement on Monday after the terrorists bombed a mosque at the University of Maiduguri, killing a professor and several others.
“The attack on UNIMAID (University of Maiduguri) is not just about a bomb exploding in a mosque,” Atiku said, “once again, education in the northeast of Nigeria is under attack.”
Atiku had made a similar warning in the February 2014 when Boko Haram attacked the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, killing 40 male students.
That warning came well ahead of the April 2014 kidnapping of close to 300 girls from their school dormitory in Chibok. Back then, Atiku said Nigeria had not experienced any such act of terrorism perpetrated within a school, and called for more vigilance.
“A sound education will provide our youth with the ability to analyse and make informed decisions, an opportunity that many young people in the northeast of Nigeria do not have at present, making it easy for false teachers to control them,” he said.
Atiku said the attack on the UNIMAID mosque was particularly worrisome, having come at a time when the terrorist group was clearly degraded.
“We cannot afford to be complacent now or in the future,” he added.
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