Abuja, 13 July, 2021 / 8:20 pm (ACI Africa).
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has condemned the rise in attacks and abductions in Nigeria and called on authorities in the West Africa country to act fast to stop the attacks and rescue those who have already been kidnapped.
The leadership of CSW makes reference to the July 5 kidnapping of school going children at Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria and a chain of other abductions and killings that followed the Bethel kidnapping.
In a Friday, July 9 report, the CEO of CSW-N, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, says he finds it especially baffling that authorities in Nigeria do not consider the intervention in the kidnappings an urgent matter.
“The rising levels violence and instability being endured by Nigerian civilians constitute a national emergency. However, we are yet to see a sense of urgency and the political will on the part of the authorities to formulate and enact the effective and comprehensive security strategy that is needed to stem the kidnappings and attacks on people who are simply trying to get on with normal life as best they can,” Rev. Nmadu says in the report.
The report indicates that 135 students were abducted from Bethel Baptist High School, 28 of whom were rescued, while 107 remain in captivity.