- Education may suffer in northern Nigeria after the kidnapping of schoolboys in Katsina
- A report has shown how the abduction of the schoolboys have sent panic among kids of school age in the region
- There are fears that it might affect a region that was already educationally disadvantaged
A report by ABC News indicates that although Nigeria's freed schoolboys have reunited with their joyful parents, fear still lingers in Nigeria's northwest region.
The boys were held captive for nearly a week by gunmen allied with Boko Haram terrorists raising concerns in the country.
Relieved parents hugged their sons tightly after they were freed and brought to Government House, Katsina.
Murjanatu Rabiu, a mother of one of the boys, said:
“When I heard our boys were freed, I was full of joy and happiness because I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat.
“We were crying, not knowing the condition that they were in. When we saw them, we were so happy even though they came back with wounds ... and very hungry.”
Amid the celebrations, however, many of the schoolboys expressed worry about returning to school, saying their captors threatened them with death if they went back to classes.
A freed Kankara student, Usman Mohammad Rabiu said:
“Fear gripped me when they said if they ever see us in school again, that they will kill us. I was seriously afraid.”
The 13-year-old boy narrated how the students were forced at gunpoint to trek several miles through the bush, without food or water. His feet had sores from the hike across the tough terrain.
He said his feet were so painful that he couldn't walk and he was helped by an older boy who carried him on his back. He said he does not want to go back to school.
After being released by their captors, the schoolboys were bused to Katsina, the provincial capital, where they met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.
Meanwhile, the European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) on Sunday, December 20, reacted to the release of the students.
The forum commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his swift response to the abduction of the boys and the effort made by the government to secure their release.
In a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by its special rapporteur for Lake Chad, West Africa, Joseph Cullen, the forum said the release of the schoolboys is a deserving relief.
Similarly, the Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) has commended President Buhari and personnel of all security agencies in the country over the release of the students.
ANPE said the president alongside the security agencies' leadership and other personnel made the release of the boys possible.
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