- More reactions continue to trail the safe return of the schoolboys in Katsina state after they were abducted for days
- Bashir Ahmad, a media aide to the president, says some Nigerians are not happy that the boys were released by the abductors
- Ahmad also chided Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, for claiming responsibility for the abduction
Presidential media aide, Bashir Ahmad, has declared that some Nigerians are upset over the release of hundreds of schoolboys abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state.
Ahmad who is the personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, made the comment in a tweet on Thursday, December 17, hours after the boys were released.
“When those boys were kidnapped, some people were clearly happy, and now are also clearly not happy with their rescue. Nigeria will always win...”
Ahmad also lambasted the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, describing him as a terrible liar.
“Abubakar Shekau is just a terrible liar, though his supporters will definitely disagree and defend him but it’s fact, he is a liar, a terrible one.”
Meanwhile, Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, has revealed how he facilitated the release of 344 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara without payment of ransom.
In an interview with an online newspaper, Matawalle said he used repentant bandits and the leadership of Miyetti Allah to identify the syndicate that led the abduction, and then started the negotiation process.
On his part, Governor Bello Masari of Katsina state corroborated his Zamfara counterpart claim that the leadership of Miyetti Allah assisted in the release of the Kankara boys.
Governor Masari, however, denied insinuations that his government paid a ransom in cash to secure the boys' freedom.
Speaking on how the abducted students were freed, the governor explained that the military, the police, his special senior adviser on security, Mallam Ibrahim Katsina, and Miyetti Allah were directly involved in the process.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has alleged that a Nigerian governor from a northwest state is behind the attacks by bandits in the region.
The spokesperson for the party, Yekini Nabena made the accusation in a statement on Thursday, December 17, in Abuja.
He claimed that intelligence reports had linked the governor to the heightened cases of banditry, kidnappings, and other violent crimes.
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