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Terrorists kill over 2000 teachers in Nigeria

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By Abraham Adekunle

FHIPD Africa says 19,000 others have been displaced in eight years.

Nigeria has been battling terrorists and other related issues for decades. From Boko Haram to the Islamic States of West African Province (ISWAP) and Fulani herdsmen, many families have been affected. Thousands have been killed and millions more displaced. The chairman of Farmers Herders Initiative for Peace and Development Africa (FHIPD Africa), Salim Umar, has announced that bandits and terrorists have killed over 2,000 teachers since 2014. He said this in a paper he presented in Kaduna on November 11, 2022.

At a workshop for staff on the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) from the North Central zone, Umar said that over 19,000 teachers have also been displaced from their places of assignments, while over 1,500 schools were destroyed in the last eight years. He said that in the last 15 years, the challenges of insecurity, especially in the north, has brought new obstacles to the survival of the NCNE. He noted that banditry and kidnapping had resulted in loss of human lives and cattle, and their inability to graze or cultivate farmlands by nomads and host communities.

This development increased out-of-school children.

Umar said that this negative development has resulted in an increase in out-of-school children and a decrease in new enrolments across the board in both formal and non-formal sectors of the school system. According to him, the challenges facing the NCNE include the inability of nomadic teachers to access places of their assignments, displacement of migrant communities, occupation of nomadic schools by terrorists, conversion of schools to Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps or military zones, and threat of kidnapping among others.

The Executive Secretary of the NCNE, Prof. Bashir Usman, lamented that insecurity characterized by violent communal clashes, cattle rustling, kidnapping, banditry, and sea piracy has affected the smooth implementation of the Nomadic Education Programme (NEP). Usman said that the high level of insecurity has resulted in the complete abandonment of schools and frequent migration which is causing an increase in the high rate of out-of-school children. According to the World Bank, 22 percent of all children in Nigeria were out-of-school children.

Commission could train local communities in the future.

He said that the workshop was aimed at developing the capacity of data collectors to generate evidence-based data on the root causes of the conflict and insecurity. He said it is expected that at the end of the exercise, reliable and viable data would be generated through the interaction with local communities and other critical stakeholders on the remote and immediate causes of the conflict and insecurity. “Based on findings from the exercise, it is hoped that the commission would, in the future, train local communities on strategies to be applied in addressing the emerging challenges and response to the early warning of potential conflicts,” he said.

This would have come in handy when the Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped, even after the warning from the Federal Government about an impending kidnapping by the Boko Haram terrorist group. About 276 mostly Christian female students aged from 16 to 18 were kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School at Chibok in Bornu State. Prior to the raid, the school had been closed for four weeks due to deteriorating security conditions, but the girls were in attendance in order to take their final exams.

FG needs to be pro-active about the issue of insecurity.

Since then, several schools have been raided and girls kidnapped by terrorist groups. This has put the Northern region of Nigeria, particularly the Northeast and Northwest geopolitical zones, on red alert. The regions, which were safe to play, visit and do business in, have become places where pedestrians fear to approach. In times of necessity, people board planes to the nearest airport to their destination to avoid being kidnapped. This shows that the Federal Government needs to act fast to solve the issue of insecurity especially in the northern region.


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SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Over 2000 teachers killed by terrorist in the northern part of Nigeria. The people that are to impact knowledge to leaders of tomorrow are being wasted.If our government are not proactive what information are they passing across to the children?

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

All after effects of this terrorist act are so sad forsuch huge amount of teachers been displaced and schools demolished creating vaccum for children to be out of schools,when and how will our non chalant government rebuild all these schools or help the so called teachersits not going to happen,because our government are self centered.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Terrorists are always killing and nobody has done anything about it. A whole 2000 teachers have been prejudicially killed and no one has been held responsible. It is really very bad.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

The issue of terrorist in Nigeria has really done lots of damages to the education system from bombing to kidnapping of both teachers and students which is a very bad omen to the education development in the country.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

The lack of value for human life by our government has pushed Nigeria to where it is today. 2000 teachers were killed by insurgency and 19000 internally displaced yet government couldn’t stop all these nonsense. Government should expect more brain drain.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Terrorists kill over 2000 teachers in Nigeria. This killing is over much, we keep on complaining about insecurity in Nigeria.
Government affort on this issue of security is never enough

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

Thousands of people have been killed, and millions more have been forced to relocate. In order to address the issue, the leader of the African Farmers and Herders Initiative for Peace and Development should gather together.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

In recent years, a large number of schools have been demolished, which has resulted in the displacement of a large number of teachers from their places of employment.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Nomads and host communities have lost people and livestock to banditry and kidnapping, making it impossible for them to use the land for grazing or farming.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

In recent years, the NCNE has been faced with new challenges to its continued existence, particularly in the north. These challenges have been brought about by the challenges posed by insecurity.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Due to the high level of insecurity, schools have been completely abandoned and frequent movement has increased the number of children who are not in school. The federal government really needs to be proactive.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

As a result of this unfavorable trend, the number of children who are not enrolled in school has risen, while the number of students enrolling in schools, both public and private, has fallen.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Even though the school had been closed for four weeks due to the worsening security conditions before the raid, the girls were there in order to take their final exams. The reason for their attendance is unclear.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Once popular destinations for recreation and commerce are now off-limits to the general public. When absolutely necessary, travelers will take flights to the closest airport to their final destination in order to reduce their risk of kidnapping.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

It is hoped that the commission will educate local communities on approaches to take in order to address new challenges and respond to early warnings of potential conflicts in the future.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Terrorist attacks and kidnappings have harmed Nigeria’s educational system greatly, signaling bad news for the future of learning in the country.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

When and how will our nonchalant government reconstruct all these schools after such a devastating number of teachers have been uprooted and schools have been devastated, forcing students to spend their days out of school

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Terrorists attack yet again. The Federal Government needs to act fast to solve the issue of insecurity. Its becoming too rampant.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

A lot of teacher have been killed and many people have left there place due to terrorist attack killing of teachers we are losing those who will training young one which we call the leaders of tomorrow

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Nigeria is in its current state because our government does not place a high enough value on human life. The government failed to prevent the deaths of 2,000 educators and the displacement of 19,000. The government may anticipate a continuing outflow of talented individuals.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

After such a terrible number of instructors have been removed from their jobs and schools have been destroyed, forcing pupils to spend their days out of school, when and how will our careless government rebuild all these schools?