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Governor Nasir El-Rufai explains why he silently withdrew his son ‘Sadiq’ from public school

Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai has explained why he withdrew his son from a government run school in the state.

In 2019, the governor was celebrated when he announced that he has enrolled his son in a public school in September that year.

El Rufai along side other dignitaries escorted six-year-old Sadiq to school that day and images circulated by the state government on social media was widely celebrated.

Fast forward two years later, the governor has now explained in an interview monitored by BBC Pidgen that he has since withdrawn not only his son but also his daughter enrolled in the same school to protect the lives of the other pupils in the school.

“My son was registered in the school so also was my daughter who clocked six years. But we needed to temporarily withdraw them for the security of the school because we had intercept from at least two groups who planned to attack the school to kidnap my son.”

“I don’t think that they will succeed because enough security will be there to prevent them, but other children will be placed in danger. We have no idea the types of weapons they will come with, I have taken a stand against paying bandits and we had information about at least three groups that planned to go kidnap my son from Capital school to see if I will pay ransom for my child.” El-Rufai explained.

The governor further revealed that his son is still registered with the school but is currently receiving home schooling at home and only goes to school to write exams.


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