Abduction of students for ransom will continue as long as insurgency in the North East is not defeated, Vice Chancellor, Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State, Prof. Mohammed Kyari, has said.
Kyari said this Monday in his convocation lecture of the Adamawa State University, Mubi, Adamawa State, titled, “Dialogue with the deaf: Education and insurgency”.
He also blamed the Federal Government for indirectly fuelling insurgency with ransom payment for the release of abducted school children.
Kyari said the federal government had been involved in dialogue with terrorists, as evidenced by the release of abducted school children from Dapchi Kankara, contrary to claim that it would not dialogue with terrorists and bandits.
The VC said: “The government of Nigeria has been dialoguing with Boko Haram. No matter what claims the country is making, it cannot deny not talking to the insurgents through back channels. This is what has led to the release of some of the Chibok and Dapchi, girls.
“One of the reasons why Boko Haram and bandits have continued to attack schools is because of payment of ransoms. A lot of money has been exchanging hands, with Boko Haram, terrorists at the receiving end.
“Unfortunately, anytime there’s abduction, something happens, even though the government says it has a policy not to negotiate with terrorists.”