UniMaid Explosions: Education under attack in north-east Nigeria – Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, condemns the suicide bomb attack on a mosque at the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, describing it at as a dangerous development.

In a statement released by his media office in Abuja on Monday, the Turakin Adamawa notes that following the February 2014 attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in which 40 male students were murdered, as well as the April 2014 kidnapping of over 200 girls from their school dormitory in Chibok, Nigeria has not experienced any such act of terrorism perpetrated within a school.

“The attack on UNIMAID is not just about a bomb exploding in a mosque,” Atiku says. “Once again, education in the northeast of Nigeria is under attack.”

The former Vice President adds that lack of education was one of the most alarming threats to security in the northeast, as many of the terrorists have been shown to be people who have either never had the chance or ability to read the Koran for themselves and interpret the tenets of Islam beyond the false teachings of their terrorist commanders.

“A sound education will provide our youth with the ability to analyse and make informed decisions, an opportunity that many young people in the northeast of Nigeria do not have at present, making it easy for false teachers to control them,” he says.

The Turaki notes that the attack on the UNIMAID mosque is particularly worrisome, having come at a time when the terrorist group was clearly degraded.

“We cannot afford to be complacent now or in the future,” he says.

He condoles with the families of the deceased, students and staff of UNIMAID over the loss of lives and prays for the quick recovery of the injured.


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  • Curiousity

    ATIKU should close his mouth and stop disgracing himself. It is only in Nigeria u find a critically ill patient prescribing drugs for self and other patients. This is the same Atiku who built a University and named it “The American University of Nigeria”. Can u imagine that? And he wants to contest for presidency of Nigeria. It shows the absence of patriotism and self worth in the useless politicians Africa has. Would a man hoping to contest presidency in Spain, Italy, Israel or even Iran or Pakistan ever build a University and name it an “American” University? By the way, where was Atiku when a Church in Bayero University was attacked in 2013 that led to the death of 3 Professors (All from South). Why did Atiku not make a comment then?

  • thusspokez

    Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, condemns the suicide bomb attack on a mosque at the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, describing it at as a dangerous development.

    “February 2014 attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi”
    “April 2014 kidnapping of over 200 girls from their school dormitory in Chibok”

    So, what makes this act, a particularly dangerous development?

  • thusspokez

    “A sound education will provide our youth with the ability to analyse and make informed decisions, an opportunity that many young people in the northeast of Nigeria do not have at present, making it easy for false teachers to control them,” he says.

    After decades in public office, Mr. Atiku is only now realising the importance of education in the North-East.

    I am sure that the “false teachers” and boko haram wouldn’t have flourished if people like him had done something about education, job and the environment decades ago instead of concentrating on looting public funds.

    • Otile

      By false teachers VP Atiku is talking about deceiving imams. Deceiving imams are very dangerous to the society. Nigeria is in shambles today owing to the influence of such imams. Who raised Boko Haram? Northern politicians provided money and arms but deceiving imams provided teaching and false indoctrination. VP knows what he is talking about.

  • Es3

    That bombing was a testimony from the same Boko Haram that Buhari/APC government are laying claims to having defeated???!

  • sirOscie

    Well said Atiku.
    I urge the PMB led government to declare ‘A STATE OF EMERGENCY’on Education(Western and Islamic) in Nigeria with serious attention paid to the northern part of the country if we are to succeed in the war against insurgency. My sincere condolence to the families of the deceased and quick recovery injured. Nigerians let’s unite and fight the common enemy to a stand still for our own safety.

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      You are not serious. Atiku is condemning the attack because: one, it happened in the mosque, and two, because school is one of his major investment. How many Nigerians were slaughtered in southern zaria, Agatu, shia muslims?. Did you hear Atiku condemning anybody?. One good thing about evil is that its consequences have no boundary. He who initiated evil, the sponsors and their co-sponsors will be consumed by the same evil.

      • sirOscie

        you’re being economical with the truth and misinforming people on this forum….Atiku is always very vocal when it comes to human lives….Be it in the north, south, East or West…
        Check his social media(Facebook and Twitter) platforms for confirmation.