Ganduje also gave the Commission 30 days to complete and submit its assignment to the state government.
The Governor requested the state Council of Ulamas to facilitate the re-orientation of the rescued children who were apparently robbed off their socio-cultural and religious background during their years in captivity.
Ganduje also used the occasion to inaugurate a 16-man Commission of Inquiry headed by retired Justice Wada Umar Rano to look into the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the kidnap of Kano children since 2014.
Parts of the Terms of Reference given to the Commission include: “To conduct an inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State from the year 2010 to date and to procure all such evidence, written or oral, and to examine all such persons as witnesses as the commissioners may think it necessary or desirable to procure or examine.”
“To summon any person in Nigeria to attend any meeting of the commissioners to give evidence or produce any document or other thing in his possession and to require the evidence (whether written or oral) of any witness to be made on oath or declaration, such oath or declaration.
“To admit or exclude the public or any member of the public or press from any hearing of the commission, to prepare comprehensive data of missing persons in Kano State within the period and circumstances in which they disappeared.
“To find out both immediate and remote causes of cases of missing persons and to prepare and submit a written report including findings and recommendations to the Government of Kano State.”
The Commission is also expected to hear from the victims or their relatives, collect evidence both written and oral, visit sites (as the case may be), find both immediate and remote causes of the kidnap case and make recommendations to the Government for proper action, in order to eradicate such wicked act.
In his remarks during the occasion, chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Adeolu Samuel Adeyemo, who is a member of the Commission of Inquiry, wept as he condemned the act of kidnapping children disassociating Christians and CAN from such dastardly act.
“In the Bible, it is not permitted to separate a child from the mother until the age of 13. This is evil punishable in the sight of God. Those people who committed this crime are not Christians, and do not represent the tenets of Christianity.
Also speaking, Eze Ndigbo in Kano, His Highness, Igwe Boniface Ibekwe, described the issue as worrisome and condemnable.
“Not only that the children were kidnapped but they changed their religion. We want to thank Kano people for their understanding. We condemn it and our leaders in the East condemn it too.