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General News of Monday, 25 July 2022


Buhari's casual response to bandits flogging Kaduna-Abuja train abductees

The abducted passengers being tortured by terrorists The abducted passengers being tortured by terrorists

The Federal Government has reacted to the video of abducted passengers of the Kaduna-Abuja being flogged and humiliated by bandits.

In a statement, the presidency described the “latest version of terror” in the country as a propaganda tool to instill fear in the citizens and force governments to submit to their demands, however, assured of the military’s capacity to neutralize any untoward activities, saying, restraints by the armed forces is to avert collateral damage to the innocent.

The statement reads: “The country’s security and defense forces are not clueless or helpless. They have their plans and ways of doing things, which they will not display in the media.

“It suffices to say that the security forces are not relenting. They are acutely aware of their duties, responsibilities and what the nation expects of them. Whenever they embark upon those actions, they expect that the public should provide them with the needed support,” the presidency said.

Continuing, it said: “The dilemmas in dealing with the specific case of train terrorists are manifold: punitive action like the popular call for carpet bombing of the known locations may assuage the desire of an angry public for revenge, but what about the hostages? They have committed no offense. All they did was to board a train.”

The presidency in a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, added that “Terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought by all actors – the military, civilian population and the communication service providers. This is the only way safe havens of terrorists are eliminated in every part of the world.

“To help the nation against ongoing situation, the media must increase their support for the fight against the exploitation of the internet and social media for terrorist purposes.

“The presidency, in the meantime wishes to reassure the public that the President has done all, and even more than what is expected of him as Commander-in-Chief by way of morale, material and equipment support to the military and expects nothing short of good results in the immediate.”

Meanwhile, the terrorists responsible have vowed to kidnap the President, Muhammadu Buhari and the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai if their requests are not met.

Their threats were contained in a new video.

They have also threatened to abduct other prominent Nigerians, as well as cause mayhem in the country in the three minutes video.


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