Following threats by the abductors of Greenfield University students to kill the remaining 17 students if the ransom is not paid immediately, Senator Shehu Sani urged the government on Tuesday to immediately rescue them.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST in Abuja, the ex-lawmaker, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District, regretted that the situation had deteriorated to the point where governments could no longer save their people.
“The kidnapping of Greenfield University students, which follows the kidnapping of students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, is a condemnable and dangerous dimension to the obvious paralysis of security in Kaduna State and the North West,” he added.
He added that Nigerians must not live to see the bodies of kidnapped students thrown on corridors to be collected for burial, amid the abductors’ brutality.
“The Federal and Kaduna State governments must not take lightly the bandits’ attempts to callously hurt these innocent students when their dateline expires.
Shehu Sani chastised the Kaduna State government for ruling out the ransom solution and doing little to help the abductees.
“If paying a ransom is not the alternative, why have our armed forces been unable to locate the students and release them for so long?” It is risky to do nothing.
“When you have a helpless population and a helpless government, the country is doomed.
“Our cries would be in vain for a disaster that should have been prevented.
“We cannot afford to wait for Bandits to dump the bodies of our 17 children on our doorsteps.
“We cannot pretend to be fasting during the Holy Month while helplessly watching our children be slaughtered.
“If the government has a stronger approach to rescuing the abducted students than the one proposed by the students’ parents, let it be implemented immediately.
“Kidnappers are gripping the balls of the government and the groynes of our country; breaking out of it is what matters.”
“The clock is ticking for the students’ lives and the Government’s honour.
“We do not hesitate to secure the next generation if we fail to care for them.
“We have become a world that is perpetually in mourning and funerals. “These days, our nights in the North are gloom tragedies, and our mornings are daylights of sorrows,” the declaration added.