I’m sad, Okonjo-Iweala calls for rescue of abducted Kaduna, Sokoto students

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has expressed sadness over the abduction of schoolchildren in Sokoto and Kaduna.

Last Thursday, about 280 pupils and teachers of Government Secondary School and LEA Primary School at Kuriga, Kaduna State were abducted by bandits.

On March 9, bandits struck in Gidan Bakuso in Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State, abducting at least 15 Tsangaya students.

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Mrs Okonjo-Iweala, while speaking in Abuja on Tuesday at the launch of the WTO-ITC 2024 technical assistance programme for Nigeria, expressed concern over the developments.

“I am sad because I am here at a time when once more hundreds of our school children and teachers have been abducted,” Okonjo-Iweala said.

“As a mother, grandmother, educator and someone for whom education is paramount to creating economic opportunities, I am sad.

“And with the representative of my brother, the national security adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, I hope we can be able to recover them soon in Kaduna and Sokoto.”