President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military, police and intelligence agencies to ensure safe and early release of all kidnapped victims.
In a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari expresses concern over attacks on Kaduna and Niger States, largely targeted at students.
While noting the ongoing deployment of additional security personnel to all troubled areas, the President urges security outfits to act swiftly to rescue students in the affected states and ensure safe return.
President Buhari says the disturbing incidents of kidnapping students, mostly in northern states, was already threatening to undermine efforts in boosting school enrolments in states adjudged to be educationally backward.
He calls on state governments to ensure compliance with the UN-supported Safe Schools Programme, which his administration has adopted.
The President describes kidnapping as cowardly and despicable, condemning it as an assault on affected families and the nation.