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Clergy opposes schools resumption in terror-ridden states

07 October 2014, 08:09Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Director of Social Communication in the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, Rev. Fr Gideon Obasogie, has ruled out the resumption of schools in the three states currently under emergency rule.

Obasogie said the resumption of schools closed over five months ago in Borno State and about two months later in Adamawa and Yobe, was out of the question because of the danger Boko Haram terrorists posed.

“Talking about resumption, our children have not been fed and well clothed so resumption to school is practically out of our calculation.  In our opinion if thousands of Nigerian children can't go to school then in the long run “boko is really haram”."

"Then their future is a stake, quite bleak. The health condition of our people is truly troubling in their displaced camps,” he added.

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Obasogie added that Bama, in Borno State and Madagali/Michika in Adamawa State had their local government chairmen all sacked.

"This amounts to what I would rather refer to as (cultural coup), since unknown figures have been placed in such capacities."

The clergyman said common Nigerians who were supposed to celebrate their independence as a free nation, were rather counting their losses and regrets as they had been reduced to the status of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

“Where is the freedom? Life is really terribly difficult. We are waiting eagerly to go back home, even as it is obvious that we are going to reconstruct our looted and burnt houses and ecclesial structures," said the church leader.

"We have been sacked for months, sleeping in uncompleted buildings, camps and school premises. We have been absorbed into houses of relations and friends in 60s and 70s.”

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States in the northeast have borne the biggest brunt of the terror crisis that has left thousands dead over the past five years.

- CAJ News


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