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Insecurity: Sen. Dickson back Gov. el-Rufai on withdrawal of children from school

Senator Seriake Dickson, representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly, has thrown his weight behind Governor Nasir el-Rufai the withdrawal of his children from schools over what the latter called ‘security threat to his children.’

The senator maintained that the “decision by Governor el-Rufai to relocate his children from public school to a private one is a reasonable reaction”

In a statement issued by the senator, He said, “My attention has been drawn to criticism of the Governor of Kaduna State,  Mallam Nasir el-Rufai for the withdrawal of his children from a public to private institution in Kaduna on account of kidnapping in the state.

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“The governor is right in his action. No one should expect a situation where public officers who either suffer threats or have been victims of kidnap of family members, to fold their hands and wait for kidnappers to strike and lament.

“The decision by Governor el-Rufai to relocate his children from public school to a private one is a reasonable reaction of a father in the prevailing circumstance.

“As someone who has been a victim of kidnapping myself; where in 2008, my late mother was kidnapped while I was a serving member in the House of Representatives, as well as in 2015, when my younger sister was kidnapped, while I was governor of Bayelsa State and people I know, equally suffered in hands of  kidnappers, I appreciate the trauma and pains of Kidnap victims and their families and the fears and concerns of Governor el-Rufai as a father and governor.

“I also commend the Governor for his refusal to negotiate or pay ransom, for that is the right thing to do.

“This was also my position even when my family members as stated above were kidnapped, because every ransom paid to kidnappers and bandits funds the next criminal activity and legitimizes crime and criminality.

“We must unite for the security and stability of our nation”.