Peter Obi Applauds Release of Kuriga Pupils, Calls for National Security


The former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has expressed his relief and satisfaction over the release of the 287 abducted pupils from Kuriga. In a statement, Obi emphasized that no Nigerian should ever be held captive or hostage in their own country.

The pupils, who were abducted from their school in the north-western town of Kuriga on March 7, 2024, were released after enduring a harrowing 17-day ordeal. The Kaduna state governor, Uba Sani, confirmed their release but did not provide details on the conditions of their freedom.

The abduction took place during a school assembly when gunmen on motorcycles stormed the grounds, taking away students aged between eight and 15, along with a teacher. The incident sparked widespread outrage and fear among the local community and the nation at large.

Peter Obi praised the efforts of the government and security agencies in securing the release of the pupils. He acknowledged the mental anguish and trauma experienced by the children and their families during this distressing time.

In his statement, Obi called on the Federal Government to ensure the safety of all Nigerians and to take decisive measures to address the root causes of insecurity in the country. “We must ensure that every Nigerian is safe in Nigeria, by not giving terrorists any operating space in our nation,” he stated.

Obi’s reaction to the release of the Kuriga pupils underscores the ongoing challenges of kidnapping and insecurity in Nigeria. It also highlights the need for a unified approach to safeguarding the nation’s future generations.

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