Ex-Army chief flays ab­duc­tion of school­girls

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

For­mer Chief of Army Chief, Gen­eral Ab­dul­rah­man Dam­baz­zau, has called for the im­me­di­ate re­lease of the ab­ducted stu­dents of the Govern­ment Girls Sec­ondary School Chi­bok, Borno State.

He spoke through his Foun­da­tion for the Vic­tims of Child Abuse (VCAF), in a state­ment by its act­ing Chair­man Board of Trustees, Dr. Ta­judeen Akanji.

The foun­da­tion was founded by Dam­baz­zau to pro­tect and pro­mote the rights and well-be­ing of vic­tims of child abuse.

He called for ad­e­quate pro­tec­tion for school chil­dren to fore­stall the re­cur­rence of the at­tack.

The state­ment de­scribed the in­ci­dent as in­hu­man and con­demnable, friv­o­lous and ca­pa­ble of dis­cour­ag­ing girls-child ed­u­ca­tion in Nigeria just as it con­demned the bomb blast at Nyanyan Mo­tor Park in Abuja.

“The idea of in­vad­ing schools and caus­ing havoc on the lives of promis­ing Nige­rian lead­ers is out­rightly too many steps at vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law,” it said.

“Such bru­tal acts of vi­o­lence are un­ac­cept­able. At­tacks on schools deny chil­dren their right to learn in a safe en­vi­ron­ment and can rob them of their fu­ture. Wher­ever it takes place, ab­duc­tion of chil­dren is a crime and il­le­gal un­der in­ter­na­tional law.

“It is our be­lief that schools are ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fer­ent from ev­ery other pub­lic places and must be pro­vided with ad­e­quate se­cu­rity so as to re­main safe for learn­ing and build­ing a promis­ing fu­ture for the na­tion.

“We also con­demn the bomb blast at Nyanyan park, Abuja in its en­tirety and com­mis­er­ate with the fam­i­lies of those who lost the loved ones to the in­ci­dent even as we de­mand that those re­spon­si­ble for the acts of ter­ror to be brought to jus­tice.”

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