Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has strongly condemned Monday’s suicide bomb attack at the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
Atiku said the incident, which left many persons dead and others injured, was an attack on education in the North east.
In a statement released by his media office in Abuja, Abubakar said, “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. Once again, education in the northeast of Nigeria is under attack.”
The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress former noted that lack of education was one of the most alarming threats to security in the northeast.
He added that many of the terrorists had been shown to be people who had either never had the chance or ability to read the Koran for themselves and interpret what Islam is all about.
“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 said.
“We cannot afford to be complacent now or in the future,” he said.