Gov Gaidam Shuts Secondary Schools in Yobe

Yobe State government has reacted to Saturday?s mass killings of students at a secondary school in the state, by ordering the immediate closure of all schools in the state, even as Senate President, David Mark, the European Union (EU) and Britain condemned the killings, suspected to have been carried out by members of the outlawed terrorist group, Boko Haram.
On Sunday, reacting to the incident, President Goodluck Jonathan had said those behind the dastardly act would ?burn in hell!?
Conversely, as a result of the attack, Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, Sunday ordered the closure of all secondary schools in the state.
The governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Information, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, ordered the closure of the schools from Monday.
The statement, which was issued after the governor returned from a visit to the attacked school, said: ?The measure is to allow government in collaboration with the military task force and community leaders to evaluate and evolve better and additional strategies that would ensure the safety of and security of students and their teachers.?
The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Mohammed Lamin, during the governor?s visit to the school, told him that two students and a resident of Mamudo, who were receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the attack, had died, thereby increasing the death toll to 32.
He said: ?The armed hoodlums had after the Saturday dawn attacks on this school, traced and killed a resident of Mamudo in his bed, raising the death toll to 32.?
On how the students were killed, he said: ?The armed hoodlums assembled the students before shooting them from different directions, while the students scrambled for safety for half an hour in the morning.?
Gaidam, who was visibly touched by the killings, described it as inhumane, stressing that God would expose the perpetrators and sponsors of the dastardly acts.
He called on the security forces to change their modus operandi of checking the activities of the dreaded Islamist sect, so as to end the incessant attacks and killing of innocent people.
He also called on the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa?ad Ibrahim, and the security forces to, as a matter of urgency, consider the restoration of mobile telephone services in the three states under state of emergency; as residents were finding it difficult to report perpetrators of the acts to security agencies.
The governor said residents were at the moment willing to give security agents relevant and timely information, but reaching the JTF had become impossible.
In his reaction, Senate President David Mark on Sunday stressed the need to put in place measures to protect children against terrorists.
He made the call in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja.
Mark, who condemned the gruesome murder of students and teacher, , called on the terrorists to give peace a chance.
The senate president described the killings, which were purportedly carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect, as “barbaric and wicked??.
?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,?? he said.
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.
The EU on Sunday also condemned the ?horrific murder by terrorists? of dozens of people, mostly students, in an attack on a secondary school.
?I condemn in the strongest possible terms the horrific murder by terrorists of some 30 innocent children and a teacher early on Saturday morning in a school in Mamudo town in north-eastern Nigeria,? AFP quoted the EU Foreign Policy chief, Catherine Ashton as saying in a statement.
Ashton promised Nigerians her ?solidarity and determination to help them bring security, peace and reconciliation to the north?, and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.
The United Kingdom, reacting to the incident, described it as a particularly appalling act.
In a statement Saturday night, Britain’s Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Mr. Mark Simmons, sent the UK government?s condolences to the families of the 29 students and those injured.
The statement read: ?I offer condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attack on a school in Yobe State in Nigeria today. This savage attack on a place of learning is a particularly appalling act and I condemn it utterly.
?This senseless atrocity shows yet again that these groups have no desire to improve the lives and build better and brighter futures for Nigerians. 
?The UK will continue to do what it can to help Nigeria tackle terrorism.?


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