18 December 2020 by James Itodo.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says he was relieved at the news of the release of the 334 students kidnapped last week Friday at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State.
Lawan, in a statement by his special Adviser on media Ola Awoniyi says the news that all the kidnapped boys regained their freedom unharmed will
delight their parents and all people of goodwill in Nigeria and across the world who have been horrified by the ordeal of the innocent children.
The Senate President in particular rejoices with the parents who had been under tremendous emotional stress as they prayed for the safe return of their children.
“The past few days have been harrowing for the parents of the students, their teachers and all of us as a nation.
“The nightmare sadly reminds us of our Country’s continued vulnerability to heartless crimes such as the kidnap of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014 and the Dapchi incident of 2018. The blemish of those earlier incidents are still on us as a Country and we had hoped that the outrage that they sparked would never happen again in Nigeria.
“I commend the prompt intervention and productive engagement of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State and others which resulted in the release of the children,” Lawan says.
The Senate President also praises the Security Forces and the Intelligence Community for their coordinated efforts that brought this saga to early closure and urges them to continue in the same spirit and the same approach in addressing other security issues across Nigeria.