Governor Nasir El-Rufai Withdraws Son From Public School, Says He’s Targeted by Bandits

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has reacted to allegations that he secretly withdrew his seven year old son, Abubakar Al-Sadiq El-Rufai, from Kaduna Capital school which he currently attends.

The Governor in an interview with BBC Pidgin, stated that he made the withdrawal for security purposes, after bandits attempted to kidnap him twice and to discourage bandits from attacking the school which can be harmful to other pupils.

He had enrolled his son in the public school about half a year ago in a bid to boost confidence in parents to patronise public schools.

El-Rufai said, “My son was registered in the school and so my daughter who clocked six years. But we have to temporarily withdraw them for the security of the school because we foiled plans from at least two groups to attack the school to kidnap my son.

“I don’t think they will succeed because enough security was put in place to prevent them. But other children will be in danger. We don’t have an idea about the kind of weapons they will carry.

“I have taken a stand against paying bandits. We got intel that they were planning to kidnap my son from Kaduna Capital School to see whether I will pay ransom if they kidnap my son.”

I won’t pay ransom even if my son is kidnapped, says El-rufai

Recall that the Governor had earlier spoken against the payment of ransom to kidnappers, saying he won’t be involved in such even if his son is kidnapped.

During a radio interview in April, El-rufai said,

“I mean it and I will say it again here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead because I won’t pay any ransom,”

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