Following the worsening security challenges and frequent abduction of Nigerian children on regular basis, the President, Vision Africa International, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has raised pertinent questions, wondering whether Nigeria is synonymous with bad news.
Bishop Dr. Onuoha who was reacting to Friday’s abduction of more than 300 Secondary school boys in Kankara, a town in Nigeria’s northwest Katsina state, said it is heartbreaking that Nigeria’s young population, do not feel safe in their own country.
In his words, “I am totally saddened by the fact that young boys and girls who are our pride and future, are abducted, subjected to varying degrees of humiliation and in some cases, killed without anyone taking responsibility nor doing enough to address the continuous mishap that has become part of our daily living. Does it mean Nigeria, our country, which our founding fathers fought so hard to keep is doomed? Or has it reached a point that Nigeria can no longer move forward as a country? Kidnapping, killings of innocent and able bodied Nigerians have become a daily occurrence while those at the helm of affairs do nothing to address the quagmire.
The Global Peace Award Winner 2013, decried the level of politics played in the recent abduction of secondary school boys in Katsina, noting that even if it is one person that was abducted, the Federal Government should not make bold to say that it was only ten people that were kidnapped.
The Methodist Bishop, advised the Federal Government to shun the laissez-faire attitude of handling issues that are capable of ending Nigeria’s existence, stressing that if they fail to address issues of national interest, Nigeria may become a country where citizens of other nations will be afraid to visit.
Bishop. Dr Onuoha, who is also the Co-Chair Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, reminded the Federal Government that absence of peace in Nigeria, points to the fact that Nigeria is sliding into anarchy, while advising on the consequences of these abductions as it portrays Nigeria as an unsafe country.
Recall that more than 300 students were reported missing after the attack on the Government Science Secondary School, a boys’ school in Kankara, on Friday night.