Exclusive: Orphaned by Boko Haram, adopted by politicians
In 2015, the former Kano State governor, Musa Rabiu Kwankwo adopted 100 children from Borno State. The kids were aged between three, four, five and six. They were children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency.
At the time of adoption, most of the kids were too young to remember their names or where they hail from. To ensure their safety, their 750-kilometre journey from Maiduguri, in the North East to Kano in the North West where they were to begin a new life in a boarding school was shrouded in secrecy to ensure the safety of the vulnerable children.
Upon arrival in Kano, all the kids were placed on scholarship and allowed to commence formal education in a government-owned school. Explaining why his outgoing administration took the decision, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwanwaso, said that “my administration was moved by the condition of the internally displaced children leading it to design the school to accommodate 100 pupils from the frontline states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe.
The special intervention programme is aimed at taking up full responsibilities of 100 children who are between ages of five and six whose parents are either dead, displaced or lost as a result of the insurgency.”
When Kwankwoso left officer as governor, his predecessor, Abdullahi Ganduje ensured that his administration continued with the arrangement in place.
Editor’s Note: To protect the vulnerable students, Oak TV left out the name and location of the school.
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