Friendship Between FG, States Working – NGR President 

Friendship Between FG, States, Working – NGR President

● Attributes speedy release of hostages to valiant efforts made by the military, local authorities

By PHC Telegraph

President Bola Tinubu who earlier pledged to reunite kidnapped hostages with their families Sunday kept the promise he made to Nigerians, 18 days after more than 137 young Nigerians were rescued in Kaduna and Sokoto States.

 

The Nigerian President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has expressed confidence in the relationship that is evolving between states and the Federal Government in the battle to ensure adequate security in the land.

The President who took to his handle on X on Sunday to acknowledge the release of kidnapped victims attributed their freedom to the valiant efforts made by all the parties including the security forces to secure the freedom of young Nigerians seized by some terror groups in Kaduna and Sokoto States.

“This reemphasizes the importance of collaboration”, Tinubu remarked, “between the federal government and states” in the federation in order to ensure  that “expected outcomes, especially on matters of security” are achieved.

“I welcome the news of the release of the Kuriga school children in Kaduna State”, an obviously elated President noted in his first reaction since the news broke.

“The National Security Adviser, the Security Agencies, and the Kaduna State Government must be commended for the dispatch and diligence with which they handled this situation.

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“It is clear that incipient urgency, meticulous attention, and tireless dedication are critical to optimal outcomes in cases of mass abductions”, Tinubu emphasized.

“I also welcome the release of pupils of a Tsangaya school in Sokoto State”, the Commander-in-Chief stated, “and commend all the parties to the feat for their valiant effort.

Once again, the President assured Nigerians that his administration “is deploying detailed strategies to ensure that our schools remain safe sanctuaries of learning, not lairs for wanton abductions.”

On the whole, several hostages were freed from their captors in the last few days by vigilant security operatives who may appear poised to rewrite history from their body language.

Across the land, Nigerians are taking to social media platforms to salute the swift rescue of the victims, gallantry of Nigerian security forces, and the nation’s leadership under Tinubu.

In the meantime, the Nigerian Army has released information showing how the bid to free the hostages in Kaduna State was coordinated.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, revealed that contrary to initial reports which speculated that 287 persons were taken into captivity, a total of 137 students were in the custody of the insurgents as at the time of the rescue operation.

Recall that the kids who were rescued in the early hours of Sunday in Zamfara through the joint efforts of the military and the local authorities were snatched from their school on March 6.

Throwing light on the operation which has brought the excruciating anguish of parents and guardians to an end, Major General Buba said, “It would be recalled that on 7 March 2024, troops received information that terrorists had invaded LEA School Kuriga in Chikun LG of Kaduna State.
“During the incident unconfirmed number of pupils were abducted. Following the incident, the military committed to leaving no stone unturned until all the hostages were rescued.“Accordingly, in the early hours of 24 March 2024, the military working with local authorities and government agencies across the country, in a coordinated search and rescue operation rescued the hostages.

“The hostages are the same persons who were abducted from the school at Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.”

We now know that out of the 137 students who were abducted on March 6, 76 were females while 61 were males within the age bracket of eight and 15 years.

The rescued students, the Army assured, will be handed over to the Kaduna State Government.

The Kaduna State Government has since confirmed the news of the release of the students who spent 18 days in the hands of those who took them hostage.
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