THE Amnesty Nigeria has said that education is under attack in northern Nigeria.
It said this while reacting to the recent kidnap of school children from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, on Friday night.
“Education is under attack in northern Nigeria. Schools should be places of safety, and no child should have to choose between their education and their life. Other children have had to abandon their education after being displaced by frequent violent attacks on their communities,” it said.
EDUCATION IS UNDER ATTACK IN NORTHERN NIGERIA. SCHOOLS SHOULD BE PLACES OF SAFETY, AND NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEIR EDUCATION AND THEIR LIFE. OTHER CHILDREN HAVE HAD TO ABANDON THEIR EDUCATION AFTER BEING DISPLACED BY FREQUENT VIOLENT ATTACKS ON THEIR COMMUNITIES.
— AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NIGERIA (@AMNESTYNIGERIA) FEBRUARY 26, 2021
While calling for the safe return of the girls and others still in the custody of armed men, Amnesty Nigeria noted that “attacks on schools and abductions of girls are war crimes.”
“The girls abducted are at serious risk of being harmed. Nigerian authorities must take all measures to return them to safety, along with all children currently under the custody of armed groups.”