President Muhammadu Buhari

In a meeting with victims’ representatives on Thursday in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari assured them that the Federal Government was taking all necessary steps to ensure the safe return of the remaining abducted passengers.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and those who lost loved ones.

He said that since the “terrible and cowardly attack by the criminal elements” on March 28, 2022, the nation had suffered along with them.

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The President explained to representatives of the families that the government immediately after the incident took several steps to help the affected families and stop a repeat of the incident in the nation.

He also gave an explanation of why he decided against using deadly military force to free the remaining kidnapped people.

I’ve been told that, as of last count, the kidnappers still have custody of about 31 people. We’re determined to work to get these 31 people back to their families.

It is understandable that feelings are often very strong, and we have heard several suggestions for using lethal military force to free those who are still being held captive.

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This option has been thought about and assessed, in fact.

Buhari speaks on why military won’t be deployed for the kidnapped Train passengers’ release

However, it was not possible to guarantee a positive outcome or minimize potential collateral damage, so that course of action had to be reluctantly abandoned.

“Getting everyone released safely and unharmed is my top priority,” Buhari said.

The President expressed satisfaction over his recent order to security and law enforcement agencies to stop using inhumane tactics against innocent Nigerians, saying: “Judging by the reports that are available to me and the news that has started to emerge in the last few days, I will say they have heard this instruction and are responding appropriately.

You must have heard in the last few days how many terrorists the military has neutralized and how many hostages have been set free. These efforts won’t stop or scale back.

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We must confront the terrorists head-on and show that there is nowhere for them to hide within the boundaries of our nation.

Each of them will be sought out, pursued, and spoken to in a language that they are comfortable with.

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The President also took the opportunity to recognize the courage and valour displayed by police officers aboard the train on that fateful day.

“It is clear that their actions saved many lives,” the President said. “They must be recognized for their bravery by making the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Kaduna Train incident had strengthened the nation’s belief and faith in this unique group of Nigerians, President Buhari said, adding that he had never doubted their ability or confidence to defend the country.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say that we are aware of events that have alarmed our citizens in the Capital and other parts of our country.

“I want to offer consolation to those who have been traumatized by these tragic events and assure you that we will take action to protect all Nigerians, no matter where they are.

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“My dear countrymen and women, we thank God that none of the released prisoners died as a result of the severe trauma they endured at the hands of the terrorists, showing that the government’s efforts to secure their release were not in vain as the government continues to do its best to secure the release of the remaining abductees and ensure the general security of all citizens in the country.”

Jaji Sambo, the minister of state, works and housing, stated in his remarks that he met with the family members of the Kaduna Train attack victims in the first week of his return to the ministry to inform them of all the efforts the government was making to ensure the safe return of their loved ones.

He characterized the meeting with the President as evidence of the administration’s efforts to secure the release of every prisoner and as evidence that “government is not resting on its oars.”

Alhaji Sabiu Mohammed, a representative of the train abduction victims, made a request to the Federal Government to help the families secure the release of their loved ones who are still being held captive.

“Please, we need to see our loved ones, many of whom are in dire straits,” said the crowd.

The money that they (the kidnappers) are demanding is not something we have. We know you are doing your best, Mr. President, but please, please let us see our loved ones. Mohammed uttered.

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