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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his joy and satisfaction, and that of the entire country with the military as well as other security agencies on the safe release of the remaining 23 kidnapped train passengers held in captivity by terrorists for 6 months.
While reacting to the news of the safe release of the hostages in line with his earlier directives, President Buhari pointed out that the nation owed the military and all other security and intelligence agencies a debt of gratitude for the successful conduct of the operation leading to the release of the hostages, saying that these agencies had shown outstanding capabilities over this period that the whole world will not fail to take note of.
The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu was quoted as saying, ‘This country’s Armed Forces are as good as any. Given needed support and encouragement as we have been doing, there is no task that they cannot accomplish. I commend them for this remarkable outcome.’
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In expressing satisfaction with the successful deployment of both kinetic and non-kinetic processes leading to the eventual safe release of the remaining hostages, President Buhari also congratulated the families of the victims for having them back alive.
He directed that the relief that comes to the nation arising from the closure of this unfortunate saga must be sustained at all times, all over the federation.
The President also credited his government for resolving the issue and the de-escalation of the terrorism, banditry and kidnapping that surged recently, giving assurances that the efforts will be sustained.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Presidency has reacted to accusations earlier made on social media by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, that some of his supporters, who call themselves ‘Obidients’, were been ‘silently arrested’ saying that they are without foundation or fact.
A source in the State House, Aso Rock Villa, who preferred not to be named maintained that both the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have officially confirmed that no ar