Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed the reason he withdrew his seven-year-old son, Abubakar Al-Sadiq El-Rufai, from Kaduna Capital school, saying that bandits attempted to kidnap him twice.
After earlier accusations that he withdrew the child covertly, the governor explained why he took such a decision in an interview with BBC Pidgin.
He claims that withdrawing Al-Sadiq will deter robbers from targeting the school.
He added that the withdrawal was necessary to protect other children and Al-Sadiq’s close friends from the bandits’ attacks.
“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 a ransom if they kidnap my son,” he explained
Nasir El-rufai had previously spoken out against paying ransom to kidnappers, saying he would not do so even if his son was abducted.
“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,” El-rufai said during a radio interview in April
The governor enrolled his son Al-Sadiq at Kaduna Capital School about a year and a half ago to encourage parents to send their children to public schools.