By Gideon Adonai
A former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said that banditry and other forms of criminality in the North has taken education back by 20 years in the region.
He stated this when he received the Niger State chairman of the Campaign for Democracy and Human Rights Advocacy, Abdullahi Mohammed Jabi, at his residence in Minna, Niger State.
Abdulsalami described the action of those behind the kidnapping of children from schools as wicked and godless, praying that God will touch their hearts to stop the nefarious activities.
He said the incessant activities of the bandits was a setback to educational and socio-economic development of the North.
He said, “These people don’t even fear God. These people don’t know what they are doing; their actions have taken education, especially in the northern part of the country 20 years back. I hope they will realise this and stop what they are doing.
“I wonder if they will like their children to be treated the way they are treating other people’s children in the name of a money-making venture. I hope and believe that God will touch their hearts one day to stop this wicked act.”