Atiku Reiterates Warning He Made Before Chibok After Boko Haram Bombed University Of Maiduguri On Monday

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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.

Atiku Abubakar

“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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  1. I urge the PMB led government to declare ‘A STATE OF EMERGENCY’on Education(Western and Islamic) in Nigeria with serious attention paid to the northern part of the country if we are to succeed in the war against insurgency. My sincere condolence to the families of the deceased and quick recovery injured. Nigerians let’s unite and fight the common enemy to a stand still for our own safety.

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