From Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has expressed delight over the release of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
Guterres, in a statement issued in New York, United States, by his Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, welcomed the release of the abducted children.
“The Secretary-General welcomes the release on 17 December of some of the children who were abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State, Nigeria, on 11 December. He commends the swift action taken by the Nigerian authorities to rescue the children and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of those who remain abducted. He stresses the importance that the released children and their families are provided with the necessary health and psychosocial support,” Haq said.
The Secretary-General further called for increased efforts to safeguard schools and educational facilities in the country.
He reiterated the solidarity and commitment of the United Nations to supporting the Government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime.