The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the International Red Cross over the recent release of the University of Maiduguri lecturers and the policewomen that were abducted and held hostage by the Boko Haram.
The three lecturers were abducted by Boko Haram in Magumeri and Damboa road, near Maiduguri, Borno state, while prospecting for oil in the Lake Chad area on behalf of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The police women were abducted along Damboa Road when their convoy was carrying the body of a dead police personnel home for burial.
According to a statement signed by its Executive Director, Joyce Ogwu, CESJET said President Buhari’s commitment to rescue every Nigerian from the captive of insurgents has been re-emphasised by the release of the lecturers and women.
“His concern and constant interest in the matter had sent the right signals across that the President will not accept any excuse until the men and women are freed. The military operations launched in the area have been quite successful.
“We want to commend the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for participating in the series of negotiations as directed by President Buhari. We want to commend the military for its bravery which compelled the terrorists to surrender. This has made it very difficult for them to keep hostages due to the continuous bombardments of their hideouts.”
CESJET urged the Nigerian military to sustain its mop-up operations to continue to make it practically impossible for the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists to keep a single Nigerian in their abode for any day longer.
“The Nigerian military has taken more than the first step in stamping out the terrorists, what is required is to consolidate on the success recorded and Boko Haram would be history.”