EU forum hails Buhari on release of abducted students

EU forum hails Buhari on release of abducted students

- The European Union Human Rights Forum has described the release of the Kankara schoolboys as commendable

- EUHRF special rapporteur, Joseph Cullen said, President Muhammadu Buhari's swift response led to the release of the boys

- Cullen said it is also good to see that not everything ends leads to bloodshed

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The European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) on Sunday, December 20, reacted to the release of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state.

The forum commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his swift response to the abduction of the boys and the effort made by the government to secure their release.

In a statement seen by and signed by its special rapporteur for Lake Chad, West Africa, Joseph Cullen, the forum said the release of the schoolboys is a deserving relief.

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Cullen said it is heartwarming to see that not everything ends in bloodshed especially where such a level of criminality is involved.

He urged the federal government to ensure that necessary measures are put in place to prevent a repeat of such actions again.

EU forum hails Buhari on release of abducted students
The forum called necessary measures to prevent a repeat of the Kankara abduction Photo: @BashirAhmaad
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Citing the case of Chibok community where over 100 schoolgirls were abducted by members of Boko Haram terrorist group from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state on April 14, 2014, Cullen called on the government to prioritise citizens' safety.

He said the president should ensure that matters pertaining to women and children be prioritised and continues to remain in place.

Cullen said:

''We commend President Buhari for the swiftness and efficiency with which the lads were rescued from their abductors. Such swiftness would have made all the difference had such occurred in 2015 when schoolgirls were similarly abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno state."

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"It is commendable that critical time was not lost in returning the schoolboys back to their families."

He also added that the EUHRF is committed to lending support in any way possible for the Nigerian government to deal with terrorist propaganda that encourages those with criminal intentions to commit these acts.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the government of the United States of America has called her Nigeria counterpart to hold the abductors of the Kankara schoolboys accountable.

The US through its mission office in Nigeria also commiserated with families of the students abducted.

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Also, a group of clerics under the aegis of the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace said it welcomed the release of the Kankara students from the den of criminals.

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The president of the group, Bishop Sunday Garuba said the boys' release is a show of God's faithfulness towards Nigeria and her president.

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