President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military, police and intelligence agencies to ensure the safe and early release of all kidnapped victims.
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, expressed concern over attacks on Kaduna and Niger States, largely targeted at students.
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The President, who noted the ongoing deployment of additional security personnel to all troubled areas, urged security outfits to “act swiftly” to rescue all school boys and girls in the affected states and ensure safe return.
President Buhari said the disturbing incidents of kidnapping students, mostly in Northern states, was already threatening to undermine efforts in boosting school enrolments in states that were adjudged educationally backward.
He called on state governments to ensure compliance with the UN-supported Safe Schools Programme, which the administration had adopted.
The President described the kidnapping as cowardly and despicable, condemning it as an assault on affected families and the nation.