UNICEF says attacks on children and schools are unacceptable
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, on Thursday, condemned the killing of at least 45 children by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe.
This was in a statement by the Head, Media and External Relations of UNICEF in Abuja, Geoffrey Njoku.
UNICEF said attacks on children and schools were unacceptable under any circumstances as such deprived them to their right to education and basic needs to life.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this vicious attack on students. Many young lives were lost, many more students and teachers were deprived of their right to education. Attacks on children and schools are unacceptable,” Mr. Njoku said.
He expressed UNICEF’s deep concern on the repeated attacks on schools in the North East.
“Since June 2013, four attacks resulted in school closures affecting thousands of students, many of whom have had no access to formal learning for months. When a school is under attack and students become targets, not only are their lives shattered, the future of the nation is stolen,” he said.
Mr. Njoku expressed UNICEF’s deepest condolences to the families and communities affected by the senseless acts and called for greater efforts to protect children in the country.