Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said that efforts being made by the Federal Government and the security agencies in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency appear to be ineffective.
Atiku was reacting to the killing on Tuesday of about 40 pupils of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in Gujiba Local Government Area of Yobe State It was the latest in the sect’s chain of bloody attacks on soft targets in recent times.
The heavily armed attackers were reported to have stormed the school’s hostels in a predawn attack that lasted a few hours, leaving tears, blood and anguish in their tail.
The statement said in part:
“All the Federal Government had been doing about addressing the security situation in the North-east region of the country amounts to mere chasing of shadows if school walls cannot be protected from armed attacks.
“This will not be the first time in recent times that school children are being attacked, and it is particularly disheartening that the Federal Government is yet to devise a strategy of keeping our schools safe from terror attacks.
“If our counter-insurgency strategies are not strong enough to keep our children safe inside their schools, then one must wonder if such a strategy isn’t mere chasing of shadows.”
Atiku was said to have been particularly miffed by a statement made by President Goodluck Jonathan at his Monday’s Presidential Media Chat; to the effect that the government had been successful at pushing armed attacks to the fringes of the country.
“It is important that the Federal Government upped its counter-insurgency strategy and desist from taking credits in pushing armed attacks to the fringes, as the president would like to put it. No Nigerian’s life is less in value to another,” the former vice president stated.
He added that it was imperative for government to ensure security in schools, particularly Federal Government Colleges because of what he described as their unique role in forging national unity among pupils from diverse backgrounds in the country.
A statement released by his media office, said Atiku broke down in tears when he was informed of the killing of the pupils.
“My heartfelt condolences go to families of the slain school pupils. It is unfortunate that innocent school children become victims of armed attacks,” he moaned.