Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday called on Nigerians from all walks of lives to stand up against kidnapping of innocent Nigerians.
Aregbesola who was speaking at the launch of Giants of History, the making of our world authored by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba described the abduction of 234 girls from Chibok Government Girls Secondary School, Borno State as a national disaster.
Aregbesola said it is frightening that over one week after it was reported that terrorists abducted the girls, the security forces are yet to find out where they are kept.
He said Nigerians are gradually accepting the trend of kidnapping as a normal occurrence, lamenting that girls who left their homes in search of education have ended up as companions to criminals and sycophants.
“I don’t even know what to say than to urge everybody to do anything humanly possible collectively and individually to put an end to this sad development. The Federal Government must rise up to this. Everyone in authority must act now. It is not only degrading us as a people, it is defaming us.
“As horrible as Afghanistan is we never read of human beings abducted .We talk of no man’s land of West Afghanistan, such does not happen. Nigeria is heading to the level that does not recognize us as civilized people and human beings anymore and it is a shame.
“I should not have said this here considering my position in the polity but what is my choice? When school children are being abducted in schools and we carry on as if it is mere statistics. It is not. We must protest on the streets to tell all of us that enough is enough”.
On the importance of the book, Aregbesola noted that youths will find it more impactful if they can draw inspiration from the lives of great men who affected generation in their time.
In his remarks, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola said the present situation in the country raises the question of leadership challenge adding that Nigeria is currently suffering from leadership vacuum.