Sister of slain Greenfield University student reveals why he chose school despite opposition

Farida Gambo, elder sister of Abdulrahman Gambo, one of five students of Greenfield University, Kaduna who were killed after gunmen attacked the school and took them away on April 20, has opened up about her brother.

Farida told BBC Pidgin that it was only her brother’s first year in school and that he had only spent two months in the school before the incident occurred.

“Since nursery school Abdulrahman was always on top of his class. He was always the best student till he finished secondary school,” she said.

Farida said pain from the death of her brother is still fresh in the family, and that she would never forget the tears shed.

She also said Abdulrahman’s brilliance made him decide to study cyber-security and only Greenfield University offers the course across northern Nigeria.

“We tried to convince him to change school but he insisted he wanted to study cyber-security and since it’s only Greenfield that offers it, he would go there,” she said.

Farida said the last time she saw her brother was when he came home for the Easter break.

“He came home for Easter break and we enjoyed seeing him, and the day he returned he sent me message he had arrived safely. The school does not have good mobile network so sometimes to get him on phone was hard.

“I will never forget when the school called our family to tell us what happened and the moment I saw my parents cry,” she said.

Farida further said her family, as Muslims, had accepted it as destiny from God. She said they would be praying for the repose of his soul, those who had died, and for those still in captivity to regain their freedom.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has maintained his stance not to negotiate with the abductors.