The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned the gruesome murder of 5-year-old Hanifa Abubakar by her teacher in Kano State.
The teacher had earlier kidnapped the little girl and demanded a ransom of N6m from her parents but after receiving part of the ransom, he went ahead to kill the girl when he discovered she recognized him.
The incident has generated angry reactions on social media with many Nigerians demanding the suspect, Abdulmalik Tanko and his other accomplices must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Reacting in a statement on Friday evening through his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari expressed condolences with the family of the girl and commended the security operatives for efforts in unraveling the matter.
Buhari also prayed for the repose of the murdered girl’s soul.
He urged the police to prepare a solid case and charge the matter to court for further action on the arrested suspects.
The full statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari Friday expressed the nation’s condolences to the family of the five-year-old school girl Hanifa Abubakar whose body was discovered in a shallow grave in Kano after near two months of fruitless search.
“The President in the same breath has praised the work of the police and the secret service in unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of Hanifa, and particularly for the arrest of her teacher and his other accomplices suspected of the child’s kidnap and murder.
“President Buhari said the family and the whole nation which followed up on Hanifa’s travail every day since her disappearance in December last year were hoping for the girl to have been rescued alive and well, adding however that the very thorough and painstaking detective operation by the law enforcement bodies, leading to the discovery of the corpse and the arrest of the suspects who have already made confessions was commendable, calling it an achievement that should instill more public confidence in the authorities.
“When breakthroughs like this happen, people will talk differently of law enforcement
“President Buhari prayed for the repose of the soul of the little school girl and urged her parents to bear the sad loss with courage and fortitude in God.
“The President urged the Police and Ministry of Justice to uphold the integrity of the detective work that busted the case by preparing well and presenting a good case that will earn the respect of the court.”