Kankara Boys abduction: One ordeal too many
By John Eche
The abduction of hundreds of children from their school in Kankara, Katsina State has expectedly cast a pall once again on the issue of insecurity in the country.
Little wonder then that there was a sigh of relief when news broke early on Friday that the adducted students had been released. Though there was some confusion over the veracity of the news, the authorities eventually came out later in the day to confirm that indeed the students had been released and were presently in Tsafe, Zamfara State, awaiting their evacuation to Katsina.
Before this, there had been heightened expressions of concern all over the country on the fact that the security situation in the country was seriously deteriorating. Some of the groups that had publicly protested the kidnap of the boys and the parlous security situation in the country are the Coalition of Northern Youths, CONY and the main opposition assembly, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The issue had been further compounded when a series of statements and videos from the Islamist group, Boko Haram had surfaced, giving the credit for the abduction of the boys to the group which had earlier been fingered in a number of previous high-profile abductions of this nature.
Now that the boys are on the way home, the question on the lips of many is whether the authorities are now braced for the real task of ensuring maximum security for all citizens. That indeed would be the enduring relief that the Nigerian people would get.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria