Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Kidnapped Students: Buhari rejects pleas to visit school, visits his cows instead

At least 600 students were feared abducted by armed bandits on Friday.

• December 14, 2020
Muhammadu Buhari
Photo of Muhammadu Buhari checking his cows used to illustrate this story (Credit: Channels TV)

President Muhammadu Buhari checked up on his cows in his home Katsina State on Monday, despite showing defiance amidst calls for him to visit the school where 600 students were kidnapped over the weekend. 

A video obtained by Sahara Reporters showed the president visiting his cows and in Daura on Monday afternoon. 

The president had rejected calls to visit Kankara, home to the high school that was raided by bandits, instead choosing to send a federal government delegation from Abuja, the nation’s capital. Kankara is about 190km (a two and half hours drive) by road from Daura while Abuja is some 384km away.

The president has faced criticism for his failure to show empathy repeatedly during a time of grief for Nigerians. 

Two weeks ago, the president rejected similar calls to visit Zabarmari, the community that witnessed the massacre of rice farmers by members of jihadist Boko Haram sect. 

A spokesman for the president did not return a request seeking comments about his defiance to visit Kankara and sympathise with families of kidnapped schoolboys. 

More from Peoples Gazette

Sea pirates


Abducted Civil Defence operative, Conoil workers regain freedom

“We are still on the trail of the hoodlums who perpetrated the dastardly act.”

President Muhammadu Buhari


Buhari condoles with families of killed Ojodu Grammar School students

The president’s condolence message was contained in a statement released by his spokesman, on Wednesday.

Late Abrar Fahad


Twenty get death sentence for killing student who criticised Bangladeshi govt

Abrar Fahad was beaten to death for putting up a Facebook post criticizing the Bangladesh government for signing a water-sharing deal with India.

Court room


Landlord’s son stabs tenant over unpaid rent; docked

Following his not-guilty plea, the magistrate released him on N200,000 bail.

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Yinka Kotoye


Fapohunda, Kotoye, 70 others inducted as SAN; CJN Tanko warns against molesting judges

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, on Wednesday conferred the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on 72 lawyers.

President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan


Senate moves to amend Standing Rules

Mr Lawan said the decision to update the current rules adopted in 2015 was to align it with current realities.