WEIGHED by recent abduction of 110 young school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state, wife of the Senate president, Mrs Toyin Saraki, has called on every Nigerian to be more involved in security arrangement around them as part of measures to check insurgency.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Wednesday after an advocacy visit by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBA) her nongovernmental organization, to the Kwara state House of Assembly, Mrs Saraki, who lamented the development, said that Nigerians never believed another abduction could happen again in the country.
Mrs Saraki, who enjoined Nigerians to be more vigilant and be security conscious said that intelligence was vital in tackling insecurity, crime and criminality in the country.
“No one ever actually believed that we will still see another forcible abduction again in the country again after all the sufferings, tears, lamentation and efforts taken to rescue some of the Chibok girls. It’s very hard to describe how I feel as a woman and mother about the development.
“I want to recall what my husband said in that every head must be counted and accounted for. And having registered some success by the release of some Chibok girls, it gave me the hope that we will get back the Dapchi girls and reunite them with their family.
“I want to ask every Nigerian to be vigilant. If you notice that there are strange faces in your community that were not there before, or somebody buying more food than they buy normally, or you notice somebody sowing more materials than they sow normally, please contact the security authorities. The sooner we can find them, get them back, the better for the humanity”, she said.
Mrs Saraki, who discouraged young Nigerians from embarking on illegal migration outside the country, said that there were no greener grasses anywhere outside Nigeria.
She described illegal migration as selling oneself into slavery, saying that Nigerians could achieve their dream educational pursuit right here in the country.
“I don’t want to believe that the grass is greener on the other side of the mountain. With the digital technology we have today, you can attain your desired level of education right here. And when it’s time to travel abroad, may bevon exchange programme, do so legally. What people forget is that they are actually selling themselves into slavery”, she said.
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Mrs Saraki, who said that need to foster a healthy populace could not be overemphasized, commended the Kwara state House of Assembly for drafting and passing of bills which she said had improved health of the people in the state.
She also called on the House to promote better health services through broader and deeper engagement with civil society, corporations, bilateral/multilateral and other NGOs.
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