JUST IN: Buhari welcomes release of 27 Kaduna students, condemns politicization of security by “opportunists”

Following the release of 27 kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Kaduna State, President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the development.

In a statement shared through his official twitter handle on Wednesday, President Buhari congratulated friends and families of the victims as well as the government and people of Kaduna State.

He said: “I welcome the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, and congratulate their friends, families, and the government and people of Kaduna State. 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.

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“I again appeal for the release of the students of Greenfield University & 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 & banditry.

President however condemned the politicization of the Nigerian Security issues by those he described as opportunistic politicians.

He said: “I call for steadfastness & 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 & security.

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