President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military, police, and other security agencies in the country to ensure the safe and quick rescue of all kidnapped victims.

Buhari gave the directive on Monday in a by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman.

He expressed concern over attacks on and Niger states, which he said are largely targeted at students.

He pointed out that there is ongoing deployment of additional operatives to all troubled areas.

The president urged security outfits to “act swiftly” to rescue all abducted schoolchildren in the affected states and ensure their safe return.

The president described kidnapping as “cowardly and despicable, as as an assault on affected families and the nation.”

Buhari stated that the disturbing incidents of students’ kidnapping, mostly in northern states, was already threatening to undermine efforts in boosting enrolments in states that were adjudged educationally backward.

He called on state governments to ensure compliance with the United Nations-supported safe schools’ programme, which the present administration had adopted.

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