President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night welcomed the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, near Kaduna and congratulated their friends, families and the government and people of Kaduna State following the happy end to the saga.
In a Presidency statement, the Nigerian leader said:
“We are happy they have been released. 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 as he deplored the increasing politicization of security in the country by opportunistic politicians.
The President 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.