Friday, September 20, 2013
Nigeria: Authorities must protect schools from deadly attacks
On July 6th, 2013, 30 people were reportedly killed in an attack on a boarding school by an armed Islamist group. Following the attack on the government Secondary school in Mamido, Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Yobe’s secondary schools have been ordered to close. Lucy Freeman, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Africa said, the Nigerian government must act to prevent attacks on schools to protect not only children’s lives but also their right to education. Although the group Bolo Haram has claimed responsibility for several assaults on schools in the past, not for sure who is responsible for the attack.
Surprising facts that around 30 schools have been reportedly burnt damaged or destroyed by Boko Haram members in state of Borno alone since January 2013. The Boko Haram members not only just destroyed the school but also convicted killing teachers and students. As of result, many schools were forced to close after the attacks. Boko Haram’s purpose of school assaults was “Western education is forbidden.” Lucy Freeman said, “When education institutions are targeted or attacked, the damage and resultant consequences can be major and far-reaching.”
This is such a tragic event happening in Nigeria. Out of all the factors that make the difference between human and animal, knowledge is by far the most important and distinguished factor. However, the Boko Haram members are taking children’s right to education and lives just because the western education is forbidden. I have very little knowledge of Nigeria’s history, country, and current events. However, innocent children became the target of terrorist members and the government is not preventing it? Like what Lucy Freeman said, the restricted access of education for students seems only matter of human rights in a short term, yet, in the big picture, dragging down the every part of Nigeria. Children are the ones who will carry the country which their parents left. To me, the news means ‘Vanishing the future of Nigeria’.