Fact-Check Reveals EU Did Not Praise Buhari For Release Of Kankara Boys

 

A fact-check by the international news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has revealed that a purported commendation to the government of Nigeria on the release of the Kankara schoolboys did not come from the European Union but from a self-styled organization known as European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) which has no relationship with the global body.

The European Union says the EUHRF is a ‘discredited’ NGO that does not exist in the EU family.

Meanwhile, the only known acknowledgment of the release of the boys to have come from a multinational global organization was from His Excellency Mr. Edward Kallon the UN Chief Representative in Nigeria on December 18, 2020, where he tweeted:

‘So delighted to receive the news of the return of the abducted Kankara schoolboys. Congratulations to the Gov’t of Nigeria for securing their release. I rejoice with the community and concerned families& call on the authorities to make schools safe for teaching and learning.”

Rescue Of Kankara Boys Vindicates Buhari, Says Tinubu

A file photo of APC National Leader, Mr Bola Tinubu.
A file photo of APC National Leader, Mr Bola Tinubu.

 

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Saturday said the rescue of over 300 Kankara schoolboys in Katsina was a vindication for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The initial abduction of the over 300 Kankara schoolboys from their dormitory in broad daylight was unsettling and raises serious concern,” Tinubu said via a statement.

“However, their prompt rescue from their abductors is heart-warming.

“It vindicates President Buhari in his untiring commitment and determination to rid the country of insecurity and confront Boko Haram insurgents and bandits operating in some parts of the country.

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“I congratulate and commend the president for his prompt and decisive intervention.”

The former Lagos State Governor also praised Katstina State Governor, Aminu Masari and men of the armed forces for bringing the boys back home.

He added that there was a need for the country to upgrade its security infrastructure and re-strategise.

“I must also congratulate Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari and men of our armed forces for bringing the boys back home,” he said.

“This laudable effort must be sustained. We must all do more to tackle the evil-doers and see the back of the Boko insurgents and bandits.

“We need to upgrade our security infrastructure and re-strategize. The armed forces themselves must renew their efforts to make not only our schools safe for students but also our cities and villages.

“No development can occur in a climate of fear, uncertainty, and insecurity of lives and property.”

VIDEO: Kankara Boys Reunite With Family

 

Rescued students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, have been reunited with their families.

The reunion commenced after the boys were certified medically fit by the Katsina State Government on Friday.

The parents thronged the Hajj Camp in the state capital to take their children home.

They thanked the State Government for the efforts put in place to rescue their children.

The boys were kidnapped by gunmen on December 11 and were in captivity for almost a week.

They were rescued on Thursday and received by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari on Friday, after which they were addressed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

‘How I Became President’, Buhari Inspires Kankara Boys To Return To School

President Muhammadu Buhari gestures at a meeting with the Kankara students on December 18, 2020, following their release by their captors.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the rescued students of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, to return to school.

He urged them to remain focused on pursuing their interest in acquiring a good education, despite the misfortune of kidnapping, noting that the reward of knowledge was not negotiable.

The President gave the words of encouragement on Friday when he met with the 344 students at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Katsina State.

“If I wasn’t educated, I will not be standing here today in front of you. I schooled in Katsina for nine years. I moved on to join the army, served as a governor, Head of State, went to prison, came out, and later joined politics.

“I contested presidential elections three times, and finally I was declared a winner in 2015,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu.

President Buhari explained that the unfortunate incident was a test of character and determination to succeed in life.

He assured the students that the Federal Government would upgrade the security structure in the country to ensure more safety of the people.

In this picture taken on December 18, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the abducted students in Kankara following their release by their captors.

 

‘They Signed For It’

“My dear children, don’t be discouraged with what has happened; give your attention to acquiring knowledge and developing good character, and you will be distinguished in life. I know that you have been through a lot.

“The suffering you went through, please put it aside and try to forget the painful experience. There is no substitute for a good education, so you must return to school and continue,” he added.

The President commended the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, for working tirelessly to ensure that the kidnapped children were returned unharmed.

He also appreciated all the security agencies, traditional institutions, and individuals that played key roles in their release.

President Buhari, however, stressed that the military and security agencies still had a lot to do to secure the country and its citizens.

“This is their job. They signed for it. Whether they like it or not, they will have to provide security for the country,” he said.

In his remarks, Governor Masari said the security architecture in the country should be upgraded to ensure the safety of citizens, adding that the “kidnap of schoolchildren should never happen again”.

He revealed that the release of the children was through collaborations, negotiations, and discussions.

The governor thanked the President for consistently supporting the process, creating time for regular updates, and taking actions when needed.

Kankara Boys: Buhari’s Govt Will Continue To Work Hard At Protecting Nigerians – Osinbajo

Some of the freed boys at the State House in Katsina.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians following the release of hundreds of schoolboys kidnapped by bandits. 

“We are grateful to everyone who worked on securing their release,” the former Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of Lagos State tweeted on Friday.

“And as President Buhari mentioned, this administration will continue to work hard at protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians at all times.”

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Osinbajo was also thankful that the students had returned safely to be with their families, one week after they were abducted.

The schoolboys – numbering over three hundred- were kidnapped last Friday at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State, triggering wide condemnation.

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President Buhari had in the wake of the development given a marching order to Nigeria’s security forces to go after the abductors, reiterating his commitment to the protection of lives and properties.

“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ attack on innocent children at the Science School, Kankara,” the President said, as quoted in a statement released by spokesman Garba Shehu.

“Our prayers are with the families of the students, the school authorities and the injured.”

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However, barely one week after their kidnap, the students were released and met with Governor Aminu Masari at the State House in Katsina.

During the meeting, Masari equally assured them that they will be properly taken care of before being handed to their parents, one week after they were abducted by bandits in the north-western state.