The remaining kidnapped train passengers must be brought home alive, according to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president issued the command through his media adviser, Malam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, June 21, in Abuja.
The nation’s military and security agencies, according to the presidential adviser, are cognizant of their duty to the country and are determined to carry out the president’s command with heightened urgency.
According to Shehu, President Buhari directed intensified kinetic and non-kinetic measures to bring the issue to a conclusion.
The statement read;
Upon the President’s approval, the Government is continuing on the two-lane approach, kinetic and non-kinetic to secure the passengers’ safe release.
The kidnappers made a demand for the release of their own children and upon the settlement of that issue, they let go eleven of the victims, even though more were expected.
The setback notwithstanding, the Government is not leaving any stone unturned in the efforts to bring all of the hostages back.
According to the presidential assistant, defense, security, and intelligence agencies have pledged to step up operational engagements aimed at obtaining the release of all hostages and restoring peace to all sections of the nation.
Buhari further noted in the statement that the government is also aware of the actions of a few patriotic and prominent individuals and organizations who are assisting in the safe release of the hostages.
President Buhari welcomes the return of the recently released passengers back to their families and loved ones, while expressing his solemn commitment to the families of those still in captivity.
Shehu quoted the president as assuring that “there will be no let-up until they are reunited with their families in the shortest time possible’’.