President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed joy over the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, near Kaduna by bandits who kidnapped them a forthnight ago.
A statement today, May 5 by the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as congratulating the parents of the students, members of their families, government and people of Kaduna State for “the happy end to the saga.
“We are happy they have been released,” says the President. “We express our deep appreciation to all the actors who contributed one way or the other to this happy outcome, in particular the defence and security agencies, the officials of the Ministry of Environment and the government of Kaduna State. We thank Nigerians for their prayers.”
President Buhari called for steadfastness and security awareness on the part of citizens and the law enforcement agencies and deplores the increasing politicization of security in the country by opportunistic politicians.
He appealed for the release of the students of the Greenfield University and all other citizens held in captivity, expressing the strong determination of his administration to ensure that Nigerians lived in a country where everyone can move where they want, when they want without the fear of kidnapping and banditry.