- The rescued Kankara schoolboys have been urged not to be discouraged in pursuance of their dreams
- President Muhammadu Buhari gave the admonition when he met with the students in Katsina on Friday
- The president, who spoke in Hausa, also expressed commitment to ending terrorism and banditry in the country
President Muhammdu Buhari on Friday, December 18, met with the rescued Kankara schoolboys abducted by bandits in Katsina state.
Addressing them at the Katsina government house on Friday afternoon, Buhari urged the schoolboys not to be discouraged in pursuing their education despite their nightmarish ordeal in the hands of their abductors, TVC reports.
Legit.ng recalls that the students were kidnapped by the suspected bandits on Friday, December 11, plunging the whole northern region into fear as states including Sokoto, Kano, and Kaduna closed schools amid insecurity scare.
Boko Haram, a dreaded terrorist sect, had earlier claimed responsibility for the abduction, saying the schoolboys were kidnapped "to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices of Western education."
But on Thursday, December 17, the over 300 students were successfully rescued from the kidnappers' den all thanks to the collective efforts of the Nigerian Army and the government.
They were moved to the Katsina government house in military vehicles where they were welcomed by Governor Aminu Masari.
Later, President Buhari met with students and admonished not to be deterred in the pursuance of their dream.
Buhari, who spoke in Hausa, thanked the security operatives and the government of Katsina state for their efforts. According to him, his administration is committed to ending committed all the security challenges facing the country.
“You students are very lucky. Concentrate on your studies. Don’t allow your terrible experiences in the hands of those heartless bandits distract you from your studies. Put behind all the suffering and concentrate on your studies."
Meanwhile, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Buhari, has apologised to Nigerians for saying only 10 schoolboys were kidnapped from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state.
Shehu in a thread of tweets sighted by Legit.ng on Friday, December 18, said he got the information regarding the number from "persons that should ideally know."
The senior presidential aide, however, said the mistake regarding the numbers was not to downplay the seriousness of the abduction.
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