You see, when I was a child, there’s nothing that gladdens my heart like being in school. I’m thoroughly addicted to learning. My devotion to education is crazy as I prefer not to be disturbed in peace to study my books, than to be called to eat.
Aside from the fact that there are 13.5 million children who will love education like me but have been capriciously cut off from the benefits of the future, is the nauseating fact that several young children whose parents brave all economic odds to send to school are being left to the mercy of bandits.
Bandits have decided to make the education space in Nigeria very dangerous, while the government fiddle around paying ransom. Scarcely have we finished complaining from the abduction of 27 students and 15 others from Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State, 317 female students from Government Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State were kidnaped.
The real truth is a little more subtle. Like I said in my book SIRPETER’S LAWS OF NIGERIAN POLITICS, we have a government on AWOL, a presidency on perpetual retreat, a governor in comatose seminar, a senator in a drunken party, and a nation in cryonics
In psychological literature, the long-lasting effects the abduction of children could have on their mental health and well-being is traumatic. This is even worse when the victims are female who are likely to be sexually abused.
Everything from aggressive countering of the attacks of bandits, to enforcing the right to be educated, to building community security groups to promote safe zones for education, to the deployment of technology to aid learning, to the employment of humane knowledgeable teachers, will radically help our children to learn safely.
I read an article once, the South Korean Government shutdown Seoul — its capital with government offices and private businesses closed, all to make sure the country’s high school seniors were clear-headed and prepared for the College Scholastic Ability Test. In addition to the flight bans and business closures, a hotline was set up for students running late to get police escorts, more subway cars were dispatched, an extra 1,500 taxis were on the streets to give students rides, and cars were banned from the area directly around the test centers.
Few years when I was in college, my able dean, the indefatigable Nicholas Mbogu would order that the school’s big generator be switched on with the fans tuned to their peak and the halls arranged spacious enough— all to ensure we have a conducive atmosphere to take our exams.
But you know what, maybe I’m the one who doesn’t understand the tale, I’d appreciate it if anyone can show me an article where students of any developed country were kidnapped in their school by bandits.
I would like to see any developed nation where 13.5 million children are out of school roaming about on the streets. I would like to understand if there’s any developed country that deliberately incapacitates the ability of the young ones. I would like to know the crime of these children by going to school. I would like to be told their sins for choosing to be born in Nigeria.
Here we are in God-created paradise, living in human-made hell. From what I can tell some human rights activists are tired of pricking the numb conscience of the Nigerian government. We risked being attacked for complaining of injustices done to our children.
- You can’t complain to the President that millions of children are out of school
- You can’t complain to the Governor that countless children in his state are child laborers
- You can complain to the police that your child is kidnapped from a school he went to learn
- You can’t complain to the military that terrorists have abducted your children.
Who then shall we tell the problems of out of school and kidnapped school children to?
Please UNICEF, UNITED NATIONS, UNESCO, USAID, UKAID, come to our rescue.
As Manuel Fotaine aptly said, “When a school is under attack and students become targets, not only are their lives shattered, the future of the nation is stolen”