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Schools closed in 4 Nigerian states after last week’s abductions

Four states – Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara and Jigawa states all in the northwest Nigeria have ordered the immediate closure of schools following the abduction of hundreds of students in Katsina State.

The closure order of schools in the four states was orchestrated by uncertainty and fear arising from the unresolved incident in the home state of Nigerian president.

The Nigerian teachers’ union has also threatened to go on strike over insecurity in the country.

It says pupils and teachers are being targeted by gunmen and kidnappers.

Last week abduction of hundreds of students the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara has generated questions on the present administrations’ handling of security challenges in the country.

The question cannot be avoided as the president, Mohamadu Buhari based his 2015 campaign for presidency on his experience as ex-army general, who will lead from the front in confronting the nation’s security challenges.

Unfortunately, since the president came to power, the situation has gotten worse.

The Islamist militants Boko Haram said they carried out the abductions.

The federal government is yet to reveal the extent of discussions it is having with the abductors.

Some 333 students are still missing.

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