The federal government evacuated 107 Jigawa natives studying medicine in the war-torn nation, but on Monday, 41 of them safely returned to the state.
At 1:55 PM on Monday, the students boarded Overland Airlines and landed at the Dutse International Airport.
The returnees’ parents and other family members were in great numbers at the airport terminal, cheering them on.
Dr. Lawan Danzomo, the state’s commissioner of education, and Dr. Abubakar Sani, the executive secretary of Jigawa Islamic Education Bureau (IEB), who welcomed the returnees, both expressed happiness that no students had been hurt or became ill as a result of the ongoing conflict in Sudan.
“We praise the Almighty Allah for sparing your life and ensuring that none of you have been hurt or become ill. Sincerity be damned, you’ve enjoyed the efforts of the Jigawa and Federal governments to get you out of that trouble spot.
“Therefore, you must thank every one of them, especially Malam Umar Namadi, the incoming governor of Jigawa State, for their efforts and care to return you home safely.
And now that you’re back home, you need to remember that this is part of Allah’s will even though none of us wanted it to happen; still, Allah has decided that it would happen, and it has.
And because you’re still alive, you need to be patient, pray, and refrain from discussing this awful encounter.
Mr. Sani comforted the returnees, saying, “This is because Allah made this happen to you, not because He dislikes you, but rather to test your trust and deep belief in Him.
The Jigawa Education Monitoring Bureau’s (SEMU) Director-General, Malam Abdullahi Yunusa, urged the returnees not to let their failure to finish their education deter them.
Mr. Yunusa advised students to keep reading their books at home until the government decided on the future of their education.