By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matwalle has successfully facilitated the safe return of Fatihu Muhammed Tukur a 16-year old indigene of the state from Kaura Namoda Local Government Area, who was stranded in Mali for over four years.
Matawalle while receiving the Mali returnee, commended the support of Zamfara State Child Protection Network in ensuring the safe return of Fatihu Muhammed Tukur back to Nigeria.
The Governor expressed dismay over the attitude of some parents who takes their children to abroad in the name of Islamic studies without having adequate arrangements for their stay abroad.
Matawalle said the trend is what contributing immensely in poor upbringing of children and at the same time resulting in breeding social vices by the children instead of being educated.
The governor called on parents and guardians in the state to ensure proper upbringing of their children and avoid taking them abroad or other towns without proper arrangements.
He directed for the proper counseling of the boy in order to ascertain his health status before he was reunited with his parents.
Matawalle pledged to support the boy to pursue both western and Islamic Education.
Earlier, the Zamfara state coordinator of Child protection Network Alhaji Bachiri Sarkin Fulani Bungudu saidFatihu Muhammed Tukur who was taken to Kaulaha, Senegal for pursuance of Islamic Education absconded from his Arabic School in Kaulaha Senegal and trek to Mali, a journey which took him five months to reach Mali.
He said the report of the whereabouts of the Boy was communicated through Zamfara state office of Child protection Network where his organisation informed the state Government through the ministry of women, children Affairs and social Development for possible repratration of the Boy back to the state
Sarkin Fulani added that governor Bello Matawalle responded quickly and took front action in rescuing the boy in order to reunite him with his parents.
He said the efforts of the organisation in ensuring possible and safe return of Fatihu Muhammed Tukur was coordinated rapidly with the support of the state Government, and other stakeholders both in Mali and Nigeria.