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President Buhari meets freed Kankara schoolboys

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the released students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State

President Buhari on Friday met the released students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State.

The President who received the boys in company with the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and some top Federal and state government officials, addressed them in Hausa language.

He thanked all those involved in the release of the students, especially the Federal and State governments, as well as the military.

Newsmen had reported that hundreds of the schoolboys were kidnapped by suspected bandits on Friday, December 11.

They were released on Thursday, December 17 in Zamfara State and taken to Katsina State on Friday morning amidst tight security.

The Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad, had tweeted that Buhari would be meeting with the students.

The President failed to visit the school where the students were kidnapped despite public outcry.

But the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at a press conference on Friday, said although the President did not visit Kankara, Katsina State where students were abducted, he coordinated rescue efforts from his hometown, Daura.

When asked why the President failed to visit Kankara despite that he was in the state as at the time of the abduction, the minister said, “Yes, the president did not visit the town but he was busy coordinating the entire operation to ensure the safe return of the students within the fastest time possible.”

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