Buhari says incessant student kidnaps undermining school enrollments
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to ensure the safe and early release of all kidnapped victims in the country.
The President said this in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Monday.
President Buhari expressed concern over attacks on Kaduna and Niger States, largely targeted at students.
He described the abduction as cowardly and despicable while also noting the ongoing deployment of additional security personnel to all troubled areas, the President urged security outfits to “act swiftly” to rescue all school boys and girls in the affected states and ensure safe return.
Buhari said the disturbing incidents of student kidnap, mostly in Northern states, were already threatening to undermine efforts in boosting school enrollments in states that were adjudged educationally backward.
He, however, called on state governments to ensure compliance with UN-supported Safe Schools Programme, which the administration had adopted.
This directive came after bandits stormed Bethel Baptist boarding school at Maramara Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped scores of students.