On the evening of February 26, local time, Nigerian President Buhari, through his spokesman, warned the kidnappers and his donors that the kidnapping of more than 300 students of the government girls’ secondary school in Dangerbe, Zamfara State, in the early morning of the same day was inhumane and totally unacceptable, and the Nigerian government would not succumb to the extortion of the kidnappers.
Buhari said on social media that night through his spokesman, Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to media and publicity, that the Nepali government would not yield to the extortion of the kidnappers, who targeted innocent students in the hope of a huge ransom.
No criminal group is strong enough to be defeated by the government. Hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience to protect victims from physical harm or even brutal killing by abductees. We should make them not fantasize that they are stronger than the government.
They should not mistake our restraint from the humanitarian goal of protecting innocent lives for a sign of weakness, fear or hesitation.
Nigerian President Buhari warned the kidnappers and his donors on social media through his spokesman, Garba Shehu.
Buhari also called on Nigerian state governments to re-examine the policy of rewarding kidnappers for the release of hostages with money and vehicles, because this policy could lead to disastrous consequences, and he also recommended that state and local governments be more proactive in improving the safety of schools and around them.
In the early morning of the 26th, local time, at least 317 female secondary school students were abducted by armed kidnappers in the Tarata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria. At least 317 female middle school students were abducted by the kidnappers.
This is also another serious attack on schools and kidnapping of students in Nigeria within ten days, which is frequent, less than three months after another 344 student kidnapping in the country on December 11, 2020.