The Yobe state government yesterday has ordered the closure of all secondary schools after a massacre that saw suspected Islamist extremists kill over 20 students in a gun and bomb attack on a boarding school.
The governor directed that all secondary schools in the state be closed down from today, Monday 8th July 2013 until a new academic session begins in September.
Meanwhile Senate President David Mark has also condemned the act. Read what he said after the cut.
“Even in war situations, children and women are protected. Killing children is akin to cutting down the future of a people.“This is inhuman, barbaric and unacceptable to any right-thinking member of the society.“For no reason, the lives of these promising children were needlessly cut down by the heartless people. This cannot be a way of life; enough of this bloodshed’’.
Mark quoted some verses from the Holy Bible to buttress his argument that children deserved protection under any circumstances whatsoever.“Mathew 18: 10 states `take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for in heaven their angels always behold the face of my father which is in heaven.“Mark 9:42 states `whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him hat a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.
’’Mark, however, appealed to the security agencies to step up their surveillance and monitoring activities to halt the trend and bring the perpetrators to justice.The senate president gave the assurance that the National Assembly would continue to give priority attention to budgetary allocations to the security agencies to enable them to carry out their duties without hitches.