President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that there is a lot of work to do in curbing the activities of criminals from the nation’s four land borders which he ordered the re-opening on Wednesday after nine months of border drill.
He assured however that his Government will deal ruthlessly with criminal elements and their sponsors and prayed for the full recovery of the students, whom he said had endured significant hardships in the course of their six-day ordeal.
Buhari made this known in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, following the release of kidnapped students of Government Science Secondary school, Kankara, Katsina State on Thursday night.
Recall that the leader of the outlawed Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the abduction of the 333 students from the school before the video of the hostages in captivity went viral in the internet.
The Nigerian leader, described the safe return of the students as a big relief to their families, the entire Country and international Community.
“We have a lot of work to do, especially now that we have re-opened the borders. It is unfortunate that the bandits and terrorists continue to get weapons even under the circumstances of the border closure. We are going to dare them. We will deal with all that”, he said.
According to the statement, President Buhari specifically cited what he called the “spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the governments of Katsina, Zamfara and military leading to the release”.
He said, “the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the army worked extremely hard. As soon as I got the information I congratulated them. The Armed Forces know their job. They have been well trained and properly motivated”, Buhari assured.
He expressed the nation’s appreciation for the steps taken by all involved to make their release possible, just as he commended security intelligence that made it possible to achieve the feat.
Commenting on the issue of detainees held elsewhere in the Country by either terrorists or bandits, the President gave assurances that his administration is aware of its responsibility to protect the life and property of the Nigerians.
He also urged the citizens to be patient and fair to the administration as it deals with the problems of security, economy and corruption.
He noted that the administration was fully aware that it was elected to resolve challenges.
“When we came, we made efforts that yielded the return of the Chibok Girls. When a similar incident of school abduction happened at Dapchi, we successfully returned all but one of the more than one hundred abductees. When this latest incident happened, we put in our efforts and today we have this result to show”, according to him.
He said the North West now presents a challenge which his administration is determined to deal with the security threats in other parts of the Country.
The President Buhari had faced criticisms since the past six days over the missing students.