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Kankara schoolboys’ release: Nigerian govt commends Katsina, Zamfara governors

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Federal Government has commended the governments of Katsina and Zamfara States as well as Nigerians for their concerns, prayers and support in the process of releasing the 344 schoolboys kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Kankara.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Friday in Abuja, disclosed that the schoolboys were released unconditionally by their abductors.

According to him, no money exchanged hands in the course of negotiation for the release of the boys.

He added that the school boys secured their freedom without exchange of suspected or convicted bandits in the custody of the government.

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Mr Mohammed said the boys, who were released unharmed, would undergo necessary medical tests before joining their families.

The minister expressed government’s gratitude to the security and intelligence agencies for the great feat.

Mr Mohammed gave an assurance that the Muhammadu Buhari administration would do everything possible to prevent a recurrence of abductions in schools.

He also said the administration would not relent until all those still missing in Chibok and Dapchi were reunited with their families.

The minister, however, appealed to those quick to politicise the issue of security to desist.

“The reactions in certain quarters to the Kankara incident was shameful.

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“Some Nigerians went as far as denigrating their government and country in the most uncouth and irresponsible manner.

“They simply threw decorum to the wind and allowed their emotions to take a better part of them.

“When disasters and tragedies strike, people come together.

“We hope the naysayers have learnt their lessons.

“And we hope those who have started trading and politicking with the hashtag ‘BringBackOurBoys’ can now go home as our boys have been brought back, even before their dubious campaign could take off,” he said.

The minister also assured Nigerians that the security challenges facing the nation were surmountable.

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