There is so much insecurity in northern Nigeria and it is a shame that even President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state of Katsina is not safe, a resident has lamented.
The resident is one the 200 students who managed to escape from a bandit attack on the Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) in Kankara local government area of the state.
Reports say 600 students are still missing after bandits raided the school on Friday night. The attack reportedly occured a few hours after President Buhari arrived Daura, Katsina for a week-long “private” visit.
A student Daily Trust identified as Mukhtar is reportedly one of the 200 who managed to escape from the school during the attack. The students reportedly scaled the school fence and fled into the neighbouring bush where they spent the night in exhaustion.
“You have to be alive before you can become something in life,” the aggrieved student reportedly said.
“Honestly, I am disappointed that this is the state where the president hails from.
“From what we are seeing, there is the likelihood that one day every other person would be killed in Katsina and neighbouring states by bandits who now rule like emperors.
“We spent the night in the bush and some of us that returned are just lucky. I am sure some of those that missed their bearing would end up in the bandits’ den.
“It was traumatic because there was no water for us to drink and we were all exhausted,” he said.
President Buhari condemned the attack and charged the security agencies to bring back the schoolboys.
He said the military and the police have located the bandits who carried out the mass kidnapping.