The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has expressed relief on the release of kidnapped 317 students of the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in Talata Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The CDD Director, Idayat Hassan in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, stressed that the Federal Government must map plans to curtail further attack and child right violation.
Hassan also urged the government and relevant authorities to work together and map out workable strategies that would ensure that every child is protected in his or her quest to seek development and learning.
According to him, the Federal Government ought to make efforts to ensure that all abductees in captivity are released without succumbing to any form of amnesty or ransom.
“CDD finds it unacceptable that Nigerian children are being subjected to the dehumanizing and traumatic experiences, which the bandits have continued to subject them.
“It is a slap on the face of the entire country that common criminals have turned the national space into a lawless, chaotic, and non-habitable place.
“In the face of these traumatic experiences for the families of young scholars abducted by criminal gangs, we believe it’s time for the government to adopt a new approach to curb further attacks.
“The government, therefore, needs to effectively perform its primary function of ensuring the security of lives and property of all Nigerians rather than building the hope that the kidnapping of school children will simply go away.
“We urge the government to activate the national template involving the security agencies and communities as a means of tackling the current threat of mass abductions.
“Finally, CDD calls on the government at all levels to work together to provide victims of abductions with the right psycho-social support. Given the trauma many of these students have passed through, their lives are not likely to be the same again,” the statement said.