Ahmed Lawan, Senate President, has called for intense soul searching on how the nation arrived at the current level of insecurity.
He stated this while reacting to the abduction of schoolgirls from a secondary school in Jangebe, Zamfara State.
The police confirmed on Friday, that 317 schoolgirls were abducted in the early hours of the day by bandits.
Authorities have said efforts to rescue the schoolgirls are underway.
In a statement, Ola Awoniyi, spokesperson to Lawan, quoted the senate president as saying the country needs to cage the monster of violent crimes in the country.
“The senate president said the recurrent attacks on schools and other acts of banditry call for intense soul searching on how the nation arrived at this sorry pass, and how to cage the monster of violent crimes in Nigeria,” he said.
“Lawan expressed his sympathy for the abducted schoolgirls, and urged the authorities at all levels to work together to ensure their immediate rescue.
“The senate president also reiterated his call on the state authorities to accord priority to securing schools and other locations now seen as soft targets by savage criminals.”
The abduction of the schoolgirls comes nine days after 27 students were abducted by bandits from Government Science College, Kagara in Niger state.
They are yet to be rescued.