…As PTA pleads for extension execution deadline.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The National President of Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTA), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, has appealed to abductors not to execute or hurt any other student in their captivity, while begging them to extend the deadline and time of their execution.
Similarly, the National President of Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, has also appealed to the abductors not to hurt or kill any student, for the sake of this holy month of Ramadan.
In an interview with the PTA National President on Tuesday, he stressed the need to beg all the bandits “in view of the situation some of the students find themselves in since the day they were kidnapped and kept in the forestry.”
Danjuma said, “There is high tensions and fears among all the families, relatives and other concerned citizens since the moment they heard of the bandits’ threats (on a Radio Station) to kill all the remaining students.
He said, “Begging them became mandatory, because we want all our university students back home live, following the deadline issued by Kaduna Greenfield students’ abductors, demanding 100 million naira and ten motorcycles as ransom for the release of all the students that were kidnapped over 3 weeks in captivity.
“We were shocked and not happy with that statement on the radio that, all our remaining Greenfield students would be killed by Kaduna bandits, if 100 million naira and 10 motorcycles were not given to them today. We are simply begging them not to kill any other student, in view of the fact that they are innocents.
“The deadline is really worrisome and we as parents; we were all concerned and worried over the lives of our students and teachers of the Greenfield University,” he said.
According to him, “There is also need for the abductors to extend the dead-line they gave, in order to enable some of the parents meet-up with their demands,” Danjuma said, adding that, “It is really unfortunate that bandits have now come up with new ways of extorting money from school students through evacuating large number of students to get plenty money.
“There is need for government to provide adequate security, in order to protect all Nigerian schools, so as to avert further attacks on schools.
“Since the kidnap of Chiboks girls, to Dapchi, Zamfara, Niger and Kaduna, many teachers and students are in panic and in critical situation; hence the need for the government to quickly bring an end to kidnap of school students and teachers,” Danjuma noted.
While calling on communities to always support in protecting schools, including teachers and students, he equally urged volunteer vigilantes, civilian JTF, Civil Depence and Peace Corps to be always supporting in terms of protecting schools’ environment.
Also reacting, the national president of Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, equally begged all the bandits across the north to release all people in captivity, and called on religious leaders to keep praying for peace and unity of the country.