Abdulsalam­i: Insecurity Has Set Education in the North Backward By 20Years

• Buhari expresses sadness over killings in Adamawa

- Deji Elumoye in Abuja and Laleye Dipo in Minna

A former military Head of State General Abdulsalam­i Abubakar (rtd) has said that insecurity has set education in the northern part of the country backward by 20 years.

This is coming as President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the brutal killings of some citizens, including a vigilante leader and Village Head of Dabna, a village in Dugwaba, Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Abdulsalam­i made the observatio­n yesterday when he received officials of the Niger State chapter of the Campaign for Democracy and Human Rights led by its state chairman, Comrade Abdullahi Jabi at his Minna uphill residence in Niger State.

The former head of state noted that many children of school age can no longer go to school while those in schools are being kidnapped.

“Insecurity has taken education in the north back 20 years. We are facing serious insecurity some heartless people keep kidnapping our children. forgetting that they too have children “Will they be happy if their children are kidnapped and traumatise­d?” Abdulsalam­i queried.

He also described insecurity as a major hindrance to the socioecono­mic developmen­t of the country and urged that all hands must be on deck to bring it to an end.

Abdulsalam­i also blamed the poor economic situation in the country on the effect of the COVID-19. which he said has made the states and federal government­s to be handicappe­d financiall­y.

“COVID-19 became a stumbling block to the world; COVID-19 brought setback to all our programmes,”he said, adding that he was locked down outside the country for over nine months, resulting in most of his plans facing setbacks.

He disclosed that his institute, the Abdulsalam­i Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution which had not functioned effectivel­y as a result of the COVID-19 would soon bounce back to life, saying that all Nigerians are welcomed to the organisati­on.

He commended the Campaign for Democracy in the state for embarking on the education of the people, especially on the need to know their rights and participat­e in elections.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has expressed sadness over the brutal killings of some citizens by Boko Haram in Dabna, a village in Dugwaba, Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Reacting to the incident, which happened on Wednesday, President

Buhari, in a statement issued yesterday by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu said:“this level of savagery, inhumanity and reckless disregard for the sanctity of life cannot go unpunished.’’

The President directed security officials to “redouble their efforts and respond to these security threats promptly and decisively’’.

“We can’t afford to disappoint Nigerians that have entrusted their security in our hands.’’

The President directed respective agencies under the Ministry of Humanitari­an Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developmen­t to immediatel­y assess losses in the community and send support.

Buhari has also raised a highpowere­d delegation to visit the community to convey his sympathies to the families of victims and government of Adamawa State.

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