*says Nigeria yet to be out of the woods
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Former two-term Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has faulted the country’s security apparatus, following the attack by Boko Haram on a girls school in Yobe State, with 94 students still unaccounted for according to reports.
Makarfi, also a former Senator and National Chairman of main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed this in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo.
“Senator Ahmed Makarfi firmly believes that the experience of Chibok and other abductions ought to have necessitated the tightening of the security architecture around schools in that area, since it has been shown on more than one occasion that they easily fall prey to the insurgents,” it stated.
It stated that Senator Makarfi has been pained at the sad news of the invasion of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State and the alleged subsequent abduction of some of the students of the school.
“Reports have it that up till yesterday, about 94 of the girls could not be accounted for,” it stressed.
The statement said that the Senator’s heart goes to the parents of the girls who have not been accounted for.
“For the trauma we are all going through at the moment, as well as the entire students and their teachers for the harrowing experience the invasion has subjected them to, even as he calls on the authorities to ensure that no time is wasted in searching for and rescuing the girls at whatever cost, so that we don’t end up with another Chibok on our hands,” it added.
Makarfi urged the authorities as well as the armed forces to remain conscious of the fact that until every single inch of our territory is rid of Boko Haram control, and people are free to engage in their barious legitimate endeavours.
“We cannot be said to be out of the woods,” he warned.
The Senator appealed to Nigerians to continue to pray to God Almighty to guide our armed forces and the government as they grapple with this and other challenges.