Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, says Nigerians should rise against the challenges of insecurity in the northern part of the country.
Buhari, who made the statement through Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, noted that the efficiency of the Nigerian military might not be enough in handling security challenges without the hands of citizens.
”A country which has an efficient local intelligence network is a safer country,” the President said.
“Our military may be efficient and well-armed but it needs good efforts for the nation’s defense and the local population must rise to this challenge of the moment.”
The president’s call follows increasing attacks by terrorists against civilians and more recently against educational institutions.
A group of armed terrorists around midnight, between Thursday and Friday, raided the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria and abducted 39 students.
The terrorists later released a video showing the traumatised hostages with a number of their abductors moving around with assault rifles. The guards were also seen whipping some of the students.
The hostages called on the government to pay the abductors N500 million as a ransom. They said their lives were in danger.
Buhari, however, said the hostages should be freed and returned safely to their families, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
He issued a stern warning to the terrorists targeting schools, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system