CONTINUOUS CLOSURE OF HIGHER INSTITUTIONS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA: ANOTHER FACE OF BOKO HARAM
1. We have keenly watched and waited for too long with great amazement the continuous closure of higher institutions in the Southern part of Kaduna state. This is another face of Boko Haram – prohibiting western education in the zone by the state government.
2. We are shocked that government has engaged the people of Southern Kaduna in warfare from all fronts – physically, psychologically, economically, academically et cetera. We are sad that instead of the government at the state and the federal to curb the unprovoked attacks and kidnapping on the people of the area and the whole state by terrorist Fulani herdsmen and alleviate the suffering of the people, it has rather embarked on a multi-dimensional war, aggrevating the suffering of the people and worsening their living condition both now and in the future. Think about a man that you have crippled economically and now denying him education. What present or future is there for such a man?
3. We condemn in totality, every attempt by government to keep the state-owned higher institutions in Southern Kaduna closed. It is very unfortunate that Kaduna State University (KASU), Kafanchan Campus, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya and The College of Nursing, Kafanchan have been shut down and all academic activities grounded by the state government from last year till date.
4. We condemn in totality, the directive of the state government, through the management of the Kaduna state University, for students of Kafanchan campus of the institution to resume lectures at the main university campus in Kaduna metropolis. Again, we want to state categorically that this is a warfare targeted on prohibiting western education (another face of Boko Haram) in Southern Kaduna under the guise of security concerns. Why will the government in its wisdom or craftiness shut down higher institutions in a zone under the guise of security challenges while secondary and elementary schools remain open and fully operational? Which of these should be considered more vulnerable to attacks? There lies the depth of insincerity!
5. Nigerians and the world are aware and should be our witnesses that University of Maiduguri has been under severe and consistent attacks by Boko Haram, yet the institution remain open till date. So, if Kaduna state government really has any good intention for the people of Southern Kaduna, particularly our young ones who are studying in these institutions, why should security not be beefed up on these colleges’ campuses and ensure they continue with their academic activities uninterrupted?
6. We therefore, call on government, the international community and all relevant stakeholders within and outside the country, to, as a matter of urgency, ensure that these institutions are re-opened immediately to enable our young ones get back to school and resume their academic activities that have long been halted. Thank you,
Pastor Michael Maikarfi Secretary