HealthWellnessOver 12 Million Nigerian Children Traumatized-President Buhari

ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari says over 12 million Nigerian children, mostly girls, are currently traumatized and afraid of going to school, as a result of the incessant attacks on the education system.

The President while flagging off of the 4th International Conference on Safe Schools Declaration in Abuja on Tuesday said the abduction of pupils/students, increased activities of insurgence, and general insecurity in schools had exacerbated factors responsible for the growing number of out-of-school children.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, said “bandits, kidnappers and terrorists had invaded educational facilities at will to abduct the learners in large numbers in places like Chibok, Dapchi, Buni Yadi, Afaka, Kagora, and Jangebe in Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Niger, and Zamfara States, respectively.

“It is disheartening to note that even when the abducted students are released, the trauma of the incidences remain long in their minds hence the plan to have teachers trained on psycho-social support.

“It has been tough dealing with these security challenges and their effects. Moving forward, our faith in the nation is unshaken.

“We have been strong, determined and robust in order to enhance the security of learning institutions and the occupants therein.”

Earlier, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said it was the first time the Conference on Safe Schools Declaration was being held on the African continent.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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