By Abba Gwale
President Muhammad Buhari has expressed his happiness over the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, who were kidnapped last month by gunmen.
Buhari, on his Facebook page, congratulated their friends, families, and the government and people of Kaduna State.
The President said, “We are happy they have been released. Our deep appreciation to all 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 equally thank Nigerians for their prayers.
“I again appeal for the release of the students of Greenfield University and all other citizens held in captivity. We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Nigerians live in a country where everyone can move where and when they want without the fear of kidnapping and banditry,”
Buhari further called for steadfastness and security awareness on the part of the law enforcement agencies, and citizens.
“Let me once again condemn the increasing politicization of security in Nigeria, by opportunistic politicians. All hands must be on deck to achieve enduring peace and security,” he concluded.
Recall that the students were released yesterday after they spent 56 days in the hands of their kidnappers.
The students of Greenfield University who were also abducted last month are still in captivity despite the warning from the kidnappers that they would kill the students if their parents and government failed to pay the ransom they demanded.