Tragic Kidnapping of Students and Principal in Kaduna State: Union Calls for Urgent Action

Zakari Haruna - Kaduna

Kaduna, Nigeria — The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kaduna State Wing, is reeling from the heart-wrenching news of the abduction of 187 pupils from LGEA Kuriga I and 100 students from GSS Kuriga, along with their Principal, Malam Abubakar Isah. The incident occurred on March 7, 2024, sending shockwaves through the community.

In a somber statement issued by the Kaduna State NUT Chairman, Comrade Ibrahim Dalhatu, the union expressed deep sorrow and solidarity. The swift visit of Governor Uba Sani to the affected school, where he displayed genuine concern, has been acknowledged and appreciated.

Urgent Plea for Safe Release

The NUT urgently calls on governments at all levels to intensify efforts in securing the safe release of the victims. These innocent children and their families deserve swift action and a reunion that will ease their anguish. The union emphasizes the need for enhanced security measures, particularly in rural schools, to safeguard our children's education.

Thoughts and Prayers

"To the grieving parents, our thoughts and prayers are with you," the statement reads. May God provide comfort and strength during this trying time. For those with children still in captivity, patience and steadfastness are urged as we await the concerted efforts of our security agencies for a swift resolution.

Encouragement Amidst Crisis

Despite the challenges, the NUT encourages teachers not to be deterred. The government remains committed to fortifying school security, ensuring the safety of both educators and students. Comrade Ibrahim Dalhatu, State Chairman, reaffirms the union's unwavering commitment and gratitude for the collective effort in navigating this crisis.

The Nigeria Union of Teachers stands united, trusting that concerted actions will lead to the safe return of the abducted students and pupils. Let us rally together to bring them home safely. 

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