A former Senator, who represented Kaduna-Central in the 8th National Assembly, Shehu Sani and popular Northern Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, yesterday, met over gunmen abduction of the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando, Igabi local government area, Kaduna and that of members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG), on evangelism to Kafanchan.
Recall that parents of the abducted students had reached out to prominent citizens to prevail on the State governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, to do his possible best to ensure that their children regain their freedom.
This followed the expiration of a 48-hour ultimatum handed down to both the state and Federal Governments to effect the release of the abducted students by the parents who protested over their children.
The trauma led to the death of one of the parents, Alhaji Ibrahim Shamaki, whose daughter spoke in Hausa in the viral video released by the bandits.
On Thursday night, March 11, 2021, the bandits, in large numbers, invaded the school located opposite the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA), along the Kaduna International Airport road and abducted them.
The students, 39 in number, had spent 19 days in the bandits’ den.
However, yesterday, Sani waded into the matter when he paid a courtesy visit to the renowned Islamic scholar in his Kaduna residence.
Gumi assured the former lawmaker that arrangements were on for the release of the students from their abductors. He acknowledged that the parents of the students met him over the matter, noting that “we have done all we can” regarding the students.
The Islamic cleric appreciated Sani’s efforts toward ensuring peace in the country.
Sani had earlier appealed to Gumi to assist in freeing the 39 students and members of the RCCG held hostage by the bandits, urging the cleric not to be discouraged by some utterances from Nigerians.