Vanguard (Lagos)

18 April 2014

Nigeria: 'Abduction of School Girls, a Setback for Girl-Child Education'

The Foundation for the Victims of Child Abuse, (VCAF), has warned that the abduction of school girls could discourage parents from embracing girl-child education.

The Foundation stated this on Friday through the acting chairman of its Board of Trustees, Dr Tajudeen Akanji, in reaction to the abduction of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno.

In a statement it issued in Ilorin, the Foundation described the abduction, as inhuman and a sad development.

"The idea of invading schools and causing havoc on the lives of promising Nigerian leaders of tomorrow is out rightly one of the many ways of violating international humanitarian law.

"Such brutal act of violence is unacceptable. Attacks on schools deny children their right to learn in a safe environment.

"It is our belief that schools are exceptionally different from every other public place and must be provided with adequate security so as to remain safe for learning and building a promising future for the nation

"This act is capable of discouraging girls-child education in the country," it warned.

It then urged government at all levels, to provide adequate protection to avert recurrence of such unfortunate incident.

The Foundation also commiserated with those who lost their loved ones to the recent bomb blast in Nyanya, urging the authorities to fish out those responsible for the act.

It advised delegates to the National Conference, to critically discuss issues that would protect and promote the interests of Nigerian children, especially victims of child abuse.

VCAF was founded by the former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd), to protect and promote the rights and well-being of victims of child abuse. (NAN)

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