President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed release of kidnapped students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
The president describe their safe return as a big relief to their families, the entire country and international community.
In a short remark shortly after their release was announced, President Buhari expressed the nation’s appreciation for the steps taken by all involved to make their release possible.
President Buhari specifically cited what he called the “spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the government of Katsina, Zamfara and military leading to the release.’’
He commended the nation’s intelligence agencies, the military and police force for providing the environment for safe release of the hostages.
“The Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the army worked extremely hard. As soon as I got the information I congratulated them. The Armed Forces know their job. They have been well trained and properly motivated.”
On the issue of detainees held elsewhere in the country by either terrorists or bandits, the President gave assurances that his administration is aware of its responsibility to protect the life and property of the Nigerians.
President Buhari urged the citizens to be patient and fair to the administration as it deals with the problems of security, economy and corruption.
He noted that the administration was fully aware that it was elected to resolve challenges.
“When we came, we made efforts that yielded the return of the Chibok Girls. When a similar incident of school abduction happened at Dapchi, we successfully returned all but one of the more than one hundred abductees.”
“When this latest incident happened, we put in our efforts and today we have this result to show.”
The president’s reaction is coming after the secretary to the Katsina State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, announced that about 340 of the abducted students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, have been released.
Inuwa who confirmed this in an interview with BBC Hausa this evening, December 17, said the schoolboys are currently on their way to Katsina city and are expected to arrive there a few hours past midnight.
BBC further reported that President Buhari is expected to receive the schoolboys at the state capital tomorrow Friday, December 18.
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