Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF), has decried the abductions of school children in the Northern region, saying it cannot continue with the continued closure of schools as their children must continue their education.
This was disclosed by the Chairperson of the forum and wife of Kaduna State governor, Hadiza El-Rufai, who spoke at a media parley during the weekend in Abuja.
The forum said the shutdown of schools over bandits’ attacks cannot continue as it is a short-term solution, adding that the long term measure is to defeat the bandits once and for all.
The forum therefore charged the government to defeat the bandits and tackle the issue of security in the region.
She said, “I think what the state governments are already doing, like in Kaduna State and recently in Zamfara State, where they’ve closed all the schools, is a short-term solution and cannot be sustained because we must get our children to school. But as it is now, it is important to keep our children safe.
“The long-term solution is to deal with the bandits; we can’t continue like this, something has to change. I believe that the president or the people that are supposed to do the right thing are doing the right thing; these things are not just as easy as they sound.
“I believe that in the last few weeks, the bandits have been really bombarded; they are under a lot of fire from our security agencies. So the long-term strategy is to defeat them, so that our children can go to school without feeling that they are in danger.”
The Vice Chairperson of the forum and wife of the Kwara State governor, Olufolake AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, who also spoke, said the forum will be tackling gender-based violence and drug abuse in the 19 Northern states.
She said the media session is to seek the support of the media to enlighten people on what the forum is doing and get their support in the process.