Nigeria is threading on a dangerous path with the non-education of its youth population

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1 million Nigerian students are afraid to return to school due to bandits attack. This is a recent data from UNICEF and this is worrying.

I have interviewed over hundred students- male and females, kidnapped from their schools by bandits and then released.

I can tell you for free that most of them don’t want to come back to school again. It is disheartening.

In April when I returned to Jangebe in Zamfara a second time for a follow up story on the girls released most of them shared same sentiments

Halima here (not her real name) had the dream of becoming a doctor but she says she would rather be married off and be a “slave” to any man even other than return to school because she fears for her safety.

It is heartbreaking. From Kankara to Kagara, to Jangebe, Birnin Yauri, Afaka, Tegina and Chibok; I have met so many “Halimas” whose dreams have been dashed and have vowed never to return to school.

The Nigerian government has work to do.

I am working on a report chronicling these firsthand responses from the many boys and girls that have been Victims of bandits. You would see even more how Nigeria is threading on a dangerous path with the non-education of its youth population.

Watch out for it

Video Below: In Zamfara, Halima telling me where the bandits kept them and how they shared them in groups.

Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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