President Muhammadu Buhari has commended all actors who contributed to the release of 29 students abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State,
He particularly expressed appreciation to defence and security agencies, officials of the Ministry of Environment and the government of Kaduna State.
The students were released after 7 weeks in captivity.
39 were abducted, 10 have since being released after ransom was reportedly paid.
One of the persons who received the students told Daily Trust that the release was facilitated by the Sheikh Ahmed Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The abductors had demanded for a N500 million ransom from the Kaduna State Government but Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the state would not negotiate with bandits.
After their release, Governor El-Rufa’I charged them to view their ordeal as a motivator to put the past behind and work hard towards a happier and successful future ahead.
President Buhari deplored the increasing politicization of security in the country by what her termed “opportunistic politicians”.
The President appealed for the release of the students of the Greenfield University and all other citizens held in captivity,
He said government would ensure that Nigerians lived in a country, “where everyone can move where they want, when they want without the fear of kidnapping and banditry”.