Kankara kidnap: Soyinka reveals why students were abducted during Buhari’s visit

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Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has explained why students of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State were kidnapped during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit in his home town.

In a statement on Monday, the Professor said the kidnap is a slap on President Buhari’s face and a challenge from the terrorist group who abducted the students.

Prof. Soyinka further stressed that it is yet another confirmation that President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer in charge of the Nigeria Government.

Recall that some hours after President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Daura, his home town for a one-week private visit, gunmen invade/stormed the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, and kidnapped dozens of students

Professor Wole Soyinka mentioned that the fact that the attack took place in President Muhammadu Buhari’s state when he (Buhari) was present shows the criminals are sending out a challenge.

Soyinka’s statement read, “It is merely the latest in the serial stinging slaps across the face of the nation, and it draws blood from every sensing citizen. Over five years since Chibok, we have yet to anticipate and to guard against a repeat. We continue to hand over innocent wards cheaply, en masse, to the agents of darkness and despair.”

Prof. Soyinka further noted that Nigeria is at war, and the Federal government needs to take drastic measures to save the country.

“A government refuses to accept that, as indicated several times over, the nation is at war. At war within itself, and that it requires drastic measures, away from spasmodic responses after the dread deed, if there is any will left over to salvage what is left of nationhood,” he said.

The Federal government should plan further to rescue the students and overhaul the nation’s security architecture to avoid a repeat soon,  Soyinka added.

“What is tragically demonstrated daily in all departments of citizen survival is the need to overhaul the nation’s structural existence – beginning, obviously, with the imperative of guaranteeing that very existence,” his statement added.

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