Lagos ACN Condemns Kidnapping of School Children; Calls for Affirmative Action on Security.


The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has condemned the continued detention of fifteen innocent children by kidnappers in Aba, Abia State. The party says that any additional day the school children spends in detention indicts the entire nation, especially its leadership that cannot guarantee the safety and well being of its citizens fifty years after independence. It therefore urges that everything must be done to secure the release of the school children and the apprehension of the criminals behind that dastardly act.

In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Joe Igbokwe, the party said that it is shameful that at fifty years of independence, living in Nigeria has sunk so low that government would be watching helplessly as a group of criminals seize and hold on to innocent school pupils. It therefore says that for this country to make any meaningful progress, the country must be secured for every citizen.

“We see the kidnapping of innocent school children in broad daylight and the attendant powerlessness of security agencies as a sure sign that the country is finished and that the dream of the founding fathers of Nigeria has ended up in smoke. For a country that cannot guarantee such a basic necessity as security, we see no need to celebrate a fiftieth independent anniversary with Nigerians remaining hostage to criminals and rouges.

“We lay the blame for the complicated security situation in Nigeria today at the doorsteps of the PDP, which has been behind the mismanagement of Nigeria for nearly twelve years now. We wish to remind Nigerians that it is within this period that kidnapping evolved and became the intractable decibel it has assumed today. But that school children could be whisked away and nothing is being done about it shows that the country is degenerating to a seamless anarchy where criminals hold bay while the government annoyingly looks on in total surrender.

“While we call on the criminals to release their innocent victims without further delay, we call on the federal government to take urgent and radical steps to secure the lives of Nigeria from this present total security breakdown. We call that such firm action be taken to provide jobs to the teeming unemployed Nigerian youths who are being seduced to take to crime just because there is no other means to survival.

“Lagos ACN says it is pathetic that at fifty years, Nigeria cannot assure its citizens of such basic fundamentals as security. We call for affirmative action in dealing with the complete breakdown of security in Aba, Abia State and the South East in general. We call that firm and decisive actions be taken against criminals, especially armed robbers and kidnappers in the South East, starting with the kidnappers of the fifteen children in Aba, Abia State.”