President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Kaduna State Government and the military for the rescue of 180 students, including eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Kaduna.
Mr Buhari also warned terrorists and bandits to stop targeting schools, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system.
Mr Buhari stated this in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, on Saturday,
The president however urged that the others declared missing be found and returned safely to their families.
Gunmen stormed the school at about 11.30 p.m. on Thursday and abducted the students and teachers.
Bandits had recently abducted students and staff of some schools in Katsina, Niger and Zamfara States. They were subsequently freed.
There were similar abductions in Borno and Yobe States by terrorists.
Read the full statement below:
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
PRESIDENT BUHARI COMMENDS THE MILITARY FOR THEIR PROMPT RESPONSE TO KADUNA ABDUCTION
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday issued a stern warning to would-be terrorists and bandits targeting schools, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system.
President Buhari commended efforts of the Kaduna State government and early response of the military which led to the rescue of 180 students including eight staff members but urged that the others declared missing be found and returned safely to their families.
The President also commended efforts and contributions of local intelligence in significantly thwarting the kidnappers, saying that a country which has an efficient local intelligence network is a safer country.
“Our military may be efficient and well-armed but it needs good efforts for the nation’s defense and the local population must rise to this challenge of the moment.”
President Buhari expressed sympathy with the victims of this incident and hoped for an early end to the ordeal of those still held captive.
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 13, 2021
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