Abducted Greenfield Students: Parents Plead With Bandits To Allow More Time For Negotiation

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As bandits give parents of abducted students of an ultimatum to pay ransom for their freedom, National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, has appealed to them to allow more time for negotiation and not take drastic actions.

National President of NAPTAN, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, who spoke in an interview with Vanguard on Tuesday, also pleaded with bandits not to allow faceoff between them and the Kaduna Government push them into taking irrational action.

Danjuma also called on the bandits to fear God and not kill the innocent students.

He spoke in reaction to the by the bandits unless a ransom of N100 million is paid by today, Tuesday, the remaining 17 students in their would be killed.

“For me, I think the government should have a rethink about their decision not to dialogue or negotiate with the bandits. My position is based on the entering into dialogue with them may not necessarily mean government must have to pay them money. It could be an avenue to know their grouse and why they have such grouse with whosoever or whatsoever they have such.

“Assuming the bandits even to be paid some money, if the government is not interested in paying any money, let the government allow the parents to raise the money and pay. I heard the parents had raised and paid the bandits over N50 million though I not privy to .

“The government cannot just stay aloof and not do anything. Are the children of government among the innocent students being traumatised? The answer may be probably no. I plead with the bandits on behalf of all Nigerian parents to spare the lives of these children. They should not allow their faceoff with the government to push them to do evil. None of the children of the is among the .

“The bandits should also fear God and spare these children. The shedding of innocent blood should stop. We cannot continue this way. We are not only killing in the country, we are hurting and putting the future of Nigeria in jeopardy, ” he said.

Recall that on April 20, this year, some students and a staff of , Kaduna were abducted and some days later, five of them were killed.

On Monday, the group threatened to kill the remaining 17 unless they are paid N100 million ransom and provided with 10 brand new motorcycles by today, Tuesday.