Abdullahi Mohammed, the son of Bauchi State Governor, has claimed that the incessant school abductions in Northern Nigeria are organised by people who are dissatisfied with the region’s educational growth.
On Wednesday, March 17, Abdullahi posted this on Instagram in reaction to the recent abduction of students and teachers at a primary school in Rema, Birnin Gwari Local Government District, Kaduna State.
Sixteen schools in six northern states have been closed due to fears of attacks and abductions of students and teachers.
According to Abdullahi, the North has long been the most educationally deprived area, but there has been considerable development since 2010.
Certain people, he says, are afraid of this development because education means independence, and they want the people of the north to remain illiterate.
“Educationally, the North is the most backward region in Nigeria. The situation was worse decades ago,” he wrote.
“Statistically, education started booming and growing since 2010 in the North. Some people are not comfortable with this trend. So they want to destroy it finally by creating fear among pupils and parents. Because education brings liberation and some people will do anything to maintain the staus quo.”