The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has stated that security challenges in Nigeria have affected the education of 1.3 million children in less than two years.

According to the UN body, since December 2020, a total of 11, 536
schools were closed due to abductions and security issues.

This was disclosed by UNICEF  in a statement issued on Thursday to
mark the eighth anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction.

Peter Hawkins, the UNICEF representative in Nigeria, said school
abductions and attacks have discouraged children, especially girls, from

He said 60 percent of the over 10 million out-of-school children in the
country are girls.

Hawkins said the spate of attacks in the north-west and north-central has
led to the abduction of 1,436 school children, 17 teachers and the death
of 16 school children since December 2020.