During his meeting with the school boys who were rescued from captivity, President Muhammadu Buhari charged the schoolboys not to be discouraged by what they have faced in the hands of their kidnappers urging them to remain resolute in their desire to be educated.
The president met with the students alongside Governor Aminu Masari on Friday at the Katsina State Government House.
He shared with the boys story of how he spent nine years in a boarding school, urging them to exercise patience in their educational pursuits.
”This school where you were abducted, it’s a science school, don’t be discouraged. The future is brighter for science and technology students like you than those who read History and English,” the president said while addressing the students in Hausa language.
“Forget what happened, at the end of the day, you will succeed,” he said while quoting a Hausa proverb that “those who are patient are successful and satisfy people.”
“I was a governor, minister, president and prisoner. I later ventured into politics, I went to the Supreme Court three times before God in his infinite mercy made me the president.
“I just came from home (Daura). I have relations that didn’t go to school and their cows have finished and there is not enough land for farming. Me that went to school, see where God brought me.
“For this reason, you have to go to school and acquire education, including religious knowledge to the best of your ability so that you can know how to interact with the larger world and your immediate families,” the President said.
“I personally came to see you and rejoice with you after your release from this calamity. I am happy with how the Katsina governor handled the situation leading to your release.
“Try your best and study hard and succeed, I am committed toward building a better Nigeria for you,” he concluded.
The students, who were kidnapped last friday from their school were released by the bandits having spent almost seven days in captivity.