Former Nigerian Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has urged the Federal Government to bring back the over 300 schoolboys abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

According to her, those using the children as pawns must be held accountable.

Okonjo-Iweala, who is the leading candidate for the job of director-general of the World Trade Organisation, made this known on Twitter handle last night.

She wrote, “The abduction of more than 300 schoolboys in Katsina is heartbreaking. What a recurring nightmare. My heart goes out to the families of the missing boys. The authorities must do all possible to #BringBackOurBoys! Those using our children as pawns must be held accountable!”

The bandits had stormed the school on Friday night and abducted the students after a gun duel with the police. The President, Muhammadu Buhari had arrived in the state on Friday, hours before the abduction took place.

Boko Haram terrorist group, on Tuesday, claimed responsibility for the abduction, saying it had not entered into negotiations with the government contrary to claims by the authorities.

The terror group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a recording, also said the shameful act was done in order to discourage people from obtaining western education.

The Kankara students’ abduction is not the first in the history of the nation. Non-state actors had in the past abducted hundreds of secondary school girls from Chibok, in Borno State; and Dapchi in Yobe State. Some of them eventually regained freedom while a number of them were detained in the enclaves of their abductors and sexual abusers.

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