Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has called for the rescue of the abducted undergraduates of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State.
Abubakar in a statement on Tuesday, said measures must be put in place to prevent future reoccurrences.
The former vice president said:
“It is time for us as a nation to face the reality that we have an emergency on our hands.
“We must stop treating these acts of criminality with kid gloves.
“Enough is enough! There must be safety of lives and property in our citadels of learning.”
He added that there would be loss of confidence in the sector if safety is not restored.
“Which will result in low enrolment rates in a country that is amongst the highest statistically for out-of-school children.”
He reiterated that “impunity must give way to punitive measures. When criminals profit from their criminality, crime will increase.
Abubakar while advising governments, said full weight of the law ought to be brought on the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.
“Once these criminals have clarity on what awaits them should they toe such evil paths, then their audacity to commit evil will be weakened.”
He added, “gradually, this ugly chapter in our national life will become a thing of the past.
“I renew the call I made on Monday, March 15, 2021, for a state of emergency to be declared on the education sector and for 24 hour armed guards to be posted at all schools in the affected states.
“Yes, it is an expensive venture. Nevertheless, we must accept that whatever we invest in preserving the lives of Nigeria’s youth is worth the price, as nothing is, or can be more valuable to us than our youths, who will take up the baton after we are gone.”