Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow the persistent abduction of schoolchildren in the country.
Naija News reports that the 279 schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State were released around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday after been held in captivity for four days.
The media aide to Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, Yusuf Idris, said the schoolgirls have been taken to the hospital for medical checkups waiting to be reunited with their parents.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the former PDP presidential candidate expressed delighted at the release of the students.
He also rejoiced with the families of the students, the Zamfara State government, and all those who worked in synergy to secure the safe return of these girls.
Atiku prayed that the remaining girls would be released soon, adding that no student, parent, or indeed citizen should go through this ordeal again.
He said: "As a father, I am delighted at the release of 279 students of GGSS Jangebe. Even as I rejoice with the families of the released, I hope and pray that the balance of the girls would soon regain their freedom and be rejoined with their families and loved ones.
"No student, parent, or indeed citizen should go through this ordeal again. I congratulate the Zamfara State government and all those who worked in synergy to secure the safe return of these girls."
Atiku said he was convinced that the government would secure the release of the rest of the victims, but said the bigger task was for Buhari's government to ensure that such a thing should not occur again.
"I am convinced that the government will secure the release of the rest of the victims.
"The bigger task is to ensure that these kinds of incidents do not happen again, and that is an objective that the federal government should take the lead," he said.
Source: Naija News