Nigerian Schools Close Down in Fear of More Abductions By Boko Haram
ICC Note: The Nigerian Government has decided to pay a ransom for the more than 100 girls that were taken from Dapchi by Boko Haram. This has caused many schools in Borno State to close down over fears that the terrorist group will continue to kidnap children now that it has proven to be profitable. All this comes after President Buhari claimed that the group was defeated and pushed out of their hideouts in the Sambisa Forest.
03/13/2018 Nigeria (Sahara Reporters) – In an obvious move to prevent the abduction of students by Boko Haram insurgents, Borno State Government on Monday announced the closure of all boarding schools in 25 out of its 27 local government areas.
Only Maiduguri and Biu metropolitan areas were spared in massive school closure, ThisDay newspaper has reported, quoting Borno commissioner for education, Inuwa Kubo.
The closure, the commissioner said, involved all female and male boarding schools.
This implies that boarding schools have been closed in 25 out of 27 local government areas of the state.
The closure of the schools was announced the same day President Muhammadu Buhari told visiting American Secretary of State that Nigeria prefers to have schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back through negotiation, rather than using the military to rescue them.
“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” the President told Rex Tillerson at in an audience at State House, Abuja, Monday.
He added that Nigeria was working in concert with international organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.
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