A former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has bemoaned the increasing rate of abductions and murders of schoolchildren across the country.
Saraki made this call on Monday via a Twitter post in the aftermath of the grisly murder of five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar allegedly by her teacher in Kano State.
This led to widespread condemnation amongst stakeholders who called for justice on the part of the state government.
The former Senate President also recalled Sylvester Oromoni who was bullied to death by his colleagues in Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, revealing the insecure state of Nigerian schools.
In his tweet, Saraki said, “As a father, over the past few months, I have struggled to contain my grief and anger regarding the frequency of reports of assaults, abductions, and even murder of young Nigerian school children.
“It is clear that our schools are no longer as secure.
“As we commemorate #InternationalDayOfEducation, all of us in Nigeria must find it in ourselves to say a prayer for the families of Hanifa, Sylvester, Keren and all others.
“Today should be dedicated to them and should serve as a painful reminder that we must all do better.”
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Illegal miners degrade Ekiti community, engage in child labour
The activities of illegal miners in a community in Ekiti State have caused degradation of the environment, as miners engage...
SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the illegal trading of forest woods in Cross River community
“With a N20,000 bribe, an external buyer can influence the youth in host communities , Cross River State, to cut...
SPECIAL REPORT: Enugu govt watches as waste takes over state, threatens public health, environment
In this report, Arinze Chijioke looks at how delays in evacuation of waste in Enugu State encourages indiscriminate waste disposal, its health implications, and how...
INVESTIGATION: NDDC awards N1bn road contract to poultry farm
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in what appears a breach of procurement laws, awarded a contract worth N1.028 billion...
FEATURE… Hard job, low income: Agony of Nigerian commercial drivers
Amid increase in fuel price over the years, coupled with bad roads and insecurity in Nigeria, many commercial drivers have...