Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i has said his administration will not allow bandits and other criminal elements to dictate the education of children in the State.
El-Rufa’i stated this yesterday, when the Chief of the Air Staff, Air-Marshal Oladayo Amao, paid him a courtesy visit. The governor said he won’t pay any ransom to bandits despite threats of attacking and kidnapping school students, adding that schools in the State would remain open.
He said “for a long time, Nigerians have taken peace and security for granted until the current spate of insecurity afflicting the Nation”, adding that: “we will not pay a penny to any bandit and despite the threats of kidnapping, schools would continue to remain open. The decision to keep schools open was taken so as not to allow criminals to dictate the education of children in the State”.
He also said the security situation could have been worse if not for the efforts of the military, while calling on all Nigerians to support them in the fight of keeping the nation safe.
Speaking on what governors in his region are doing, el-Rufa’i disclosed that he and others Governors in the North-West Zone, had agreed to assist the military with employing scientific measures towards containing insecurity.
Recall that the State government recently ordered the closure of all public and private schools in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state following continuous attacks on schools by bandits.