Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has disclosed that the state government will not negotiate with terrorists or close schools despite increasing attacks and kidnappings targeted at schools in the state.
The governor stated this in an interview with BBC Hausa on Tuesday.
He admitted that school kidnapping poses a threat to education to a disadvantaged northern Nigeria
On Friday, March 12, terrorists abducted 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanism in Mando area of Kaduna.
And in less than three days, terrorists again abducted pupils and teachers from UBE Primary School in Rama, a village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Victims of both abduction are yet to regain their freedom.
Speaking on the abductions, the governor said the state will not grant amnesty nor negotiate with the terrorists.
He said at an expanded meeting of the state security council on Tuesday, that his job as governor is to enforce the law and help prosecute people who commit offences, and not negotiate with bandits.
“We will not engage with bandits or kidnappers. Private citizens like clerics and clergymen can do so in their individual capacities, to preach to them and ask them to repent. We also want them to repent but it is not our job to ask them to do so,” he said.