Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday issued a stern warning to “terrorists and bandits” targeting schools, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system.
The President issued the stern warning in a statement on Saturday through his spokesperson, Garba Shehu where he reacted to the recent abduction of students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State who were abducted on Thursday night from their school premises.
It will be recalled that gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the school, broke through the perimeter fence, and abducted some students.
Reacting to the incident, the President sympathized with all those affected by the ordeal and expressed hope that those kidnapped would soon regain their freedom and be reunited with their families.
The President in his statement, “commended efforts and contributions of local intelligence in significantly thwarting the kidnappers, saying that a country which has an efficient local intelligence network is a safer country.
“Our military may be efficient and well-armed but it needs good efforts for the nation’s defense and the local population must rise to this challenge of the moment.”
A series of gunmen attacks has recently happened in the northern part of the most populous African country, including attacks on schools and kidnapping of students.