It is now already a week since gunmen kidnapped seven students along with their female teacher from a secondary school in Kaduna state, killing a vigilante and vandalising a church.

Vanguard gathered that the attackers who came on 20 motorcycles stormed Damba-Kasaya village on Monday morning, August 24, shooting indiscriminately.

In spite of the growing calls from Nigerians on social media to get the students back, there hasn’t been much progress made on the issue. In fact, the Kaduna State government, as well as the federal government, has been altogether silent.

This lax handling of the kidnap has caused many to see the hypocrisy in Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s request for security agencies to arrest the killers of a 12-year-old herder, Usman Abdullahi, by some persons at Sabzuro-Tunga Nok Road in Jaba Local Government Area of the state.

While it is justifiable and morally right that late Abdullahi is getting his much-deserved justice, it is also on the cards that the kidnapped students alongside their teacher face a similar fate and stalling on the issue won’t help so much.

The criticism also grows louder with the fact that Christian-dominated Southern Kaduna has been a major scene of killings, violence and banditry this year.

Earlier this year in May, there was massive outcry online following the deadly massacre of people in Kajuru, a Christian-dominated community in Kaduna State.

Continued killings after this, as well as the state government’s discouraging approach to addressing the killings, have caused many to lose their confidence.

It was therefore of little surprise that Governor El-Rufai was removed from the list of speakers of the 60th annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association.

In the midst of the recent kidnap of students, however, the governor has chosen instead to prioritize the killing of the cattle herder. Do you think this is hypocritical or the kidnap students should wait for their turn to be freed?


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