By Ismaila Chafe
Katsina, Dec. 18, 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to aggressively address the nation’s security challenges, saying things will never be the same again in 2021.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president made this position known while reacting to the release of the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, at his country home, Daura.
This is as President Buhari called on the rescued students not to be distracted from their studies following their experiences with the bandits who abducted them.
The president made the call when he addressed the affected students at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Katsina, on Friday.
The president, who narrated how he went through some difficulties early in life, said the situation did not stop him from accomplishing his missions.
He said: ”You students are very lucky, concentrate on your studies, don’t allow your terrible experiences in the hands of those heartless bandits distract you from your studies.
”Put behind all the sufferings and concentrate on your studies.
”The Federal Government will continue to strengthen security around all schools across the country,” he promised.
Speaking earlier in his home, the president said the abduction of the students was a deliberate attempt to test the will of his administration, adding that government would continue to ensure the safety of lives and property of all citizens.
He also challenged security officials to always put in the fear of God while carrying out their responsibilities of protecting citizens.
Buhari thanked Gov. Aminu Masari for his efforts in ensuring the successful release of the abducted students.
Masari had earlier presented the rescued students to the president.
He also thanked the president for the roles he played in their rescue.
According to him, there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the incident.
The president, who while reacting to the release of the students in his home, pledged never to betray the trust reposed in him by Nigerians, said he was very worried about the security situation in some parts of the country.
”It is our responsibility to secure this country for all the citizens to do their businesses without any problem. We haven’t achieved that yet, but, we will keep on trying
”I’ll continue to be loyal to this country. I have asked for this mandate; I got it, I must not advance any excuse for failing to perform.
”On the issue of insecurity, I’m extremely worried about it, and I hope next year it will be different. Those among the law enforcement agencies that would remain in charge would be extremely busy,” he said.
He also reiterated the commitment of his administration to continue to provide all needed support to the security agencies to enable them discharge their responsibilities diligently.
The president, who stated that the efforts of the nation’s security agencies were not good enough, charged the security officials to redouble their efforts in protecting lives and property of the citizens.
The president said the abduction of the students was a deliberate attempt to test the will of his administration, adding that government would continue to ensure the safety of lives and property of all citizens.