Monday, February 26, 2018 3:22 pm
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday afternoon received some Nigeria citizens recently released from Boko Haram captivity.
They President’s guests include the University of Maiduguri lecturers who were abducted while on oil prospecting for in Borno State as well as the women abducted from a funeral procession by Boko Haram.
While announcing his joy at receiving the newly freed Boko Haram abductees, the President said on his twitter handle: “I can’t fully express the joy I felt I this afternoon, as I received our citizens recently released from Boko Haram captivity—fathers, mothers, sons, daughters. We will go to any length to ensure that no one is left behind in the hands of terrorists. Every Nigerian life matters!
“There were the University of Maiduguri lecturers, abducted while on service to their fatherland, and also the women abducted from a funeral procession. Today they are safely back home, and Nigeria rejoices with them and with their families.
They told me that they had given up all hope of ever coming back alive. I assured them that we will never give up on any of our citizens.
“I have asked the security agencies to ensure that every abducted person—including the Dapchi girls—is safely released.
The rescued lecturers were abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno, while the police officers’ wives were kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri, in June 2017.
Their release after series of negotiations, according to an earlier statement issued by a presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, in line with presidential directives.
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