Banditry: el-Rufai secretly withdraws son from public school


The seven-year-old son of Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Abubakar el-Rufai, who was enrolled in 2019 at the Kaduna Capital School, has been absent from school for several weeks till now.

According to SaharaReporters, the boy’s absence from the school is strongly linked to the rising abduction of schoolchildren in northern Nigerian schools by ravaging bandits, of which Kaduna State has had an ugly share, and still has yet-to-be-released abducted pupils.  

SaharaReporters, after visiting the school premises on Monday, established from pupils and teachers, who are presently in the first term, that Abubakar el-Rufai had not come to school since resumption, amidst the rising insecurity and threats to the lives of schoolchildren.

It was also noticed that Abubakar was not seen since around 10:00 a.m till the school closed by 1:00 pm when pupils started going home.

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Some security lapses were also seen in the school, located on Isa Kaita Road, Ungwan Sarki area of the state, which may have contributed to the reasons why the young boy was no longer regarded to be safe on the premises.

Recall that on September 23, 2019, Governor el-Rufai had made a public show of his son’s enrolment, saying he decided to enrol his son in a government primary school to lead by example and commit to the education sector in the state.

He had shared photos from when he went to register his son in the school via the official Kaduna governor Twitter handle, saying: “Reforming the Education sector in Kaduna is a continuing struggle against decades of neglect.

“We are determined to fix public education and raise their standards so that private education will become only a luxury.”

Also in 2017, he had said, “I will by personal example ensure that my son that will be six years of age in 2019 will be enrolled in a public school in Kaduna State, by God’s grace.”