President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the rescued students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State.
He received them at the Banquet Hall of the Katsina Government House,
Over three hundred schoolboys were kidnapped by suspected bandits on Friday, December 11 but were released on Thursday, December 17 in Zamfara State and taken to Katsina State on Friday morning amidst tight security..
While addressing the rescued students, President Buhari advised them to remain focused in pursuing their interest of acquiring good education, despite the misfortune of kidnapping, noting that the reward of knowledge is not negotiable.
He noted that the unfortunate incident was a test of character and determination to succeed in life, assuring the students that the Federal Government will upgrade the security structure in the country to ensure more safety.
The President commended Governor Aminu Bello Masari for working tirelessly to ensure that the kidnapped children were returned unharmed, while appreciating all the security agencies, traditional institutions and individuals that played key roles in their rescue.
President Buhari said the military and security agencies still have a lot to do to secure the country and its citizens.
Earlier in his words, Governor Bello Masari had suggested the upgrade of the nation’s security architecture ito ensure safety of citizens, adding that the kidnap of school children should never happen again.
The Governor said the release of the children was through collaborations, negotiations and discussions, thanking the President for consistently supporting the process, creating time for regular updates and taking actions when needed.