President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, near Kaduna and congratulates their friends, families and the government and people of Kaduna State following the happy end to the saga.
This was contained in a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu on Wednesday.
Solacebase reports that gunmen on March 11, 2021, abducted 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, near Kaduna.
Ten of them were earlier released in two batches of 5 while the others regained their freedom on Wednesday, May 5th.
According to the statement, “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.”
The statement said President Buhari calls 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.
‘’The President appeals 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,’’ said the statement.