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Primary and secondary schools across many States in Nigeria have this week opened their gates to start the new academic year. So far, hundreds of thousands of pupils have turned up at their various schools looking excited after weeks of vacation. Parents were all smiles too.

However, underneath the excitement and joy, a quiet prayer is being said by parents and school proprietors. They hope that the sad incidents of insecurity would not disrupt the academic sessions of 2022-2023.

Authorities in FCT, Jigawa, Katsina, parts of Kaduna, etc., have had to shut schools before completion of the last session.

The Jigawa State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lawan Yunusa had on 17 August 2022, told journalists that “Based on intelligence report of possible security attacks on schools, especially on border states,” Jigawa government has ordered the immediate closure of public and private schools in the State.

As parent Ahmad Tijjani told The Skuup, “This sad reality is affecting our children educationally, psychologically, and socially. It continues to put Northern Nigeria at a disadvantage.”

As Benjamin Gimba, Headteacher of Tangaza Secondary school welcomed back students elatedly, on her part Hajiya Zainab Tangaza, Director of Tangaza Primary & Secondary Schools said, “We pray to Allah to protect us all and cause us to have a blessed year.”