From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong terms the killing of three of the students kidnapped at Greenfield University, Kaduna State.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari described the students as bright youngsters who were cut down by evil people in their prime.
“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace,” he said.
On the recurring incidents of kidnappings and killings in Kaduna State in particular, the president condemned them as “barbaric terror attacks,” adding, “the unfortunate tenor of the comments of some political and religious leaders seem to further incite and stoke the pain and anguish of mourning families who are forced to confront these atrocities.
“Addressing this scourge requires a great show of empathy and coming together as a society to squarely confront these elements and the danger it poses to our democracy and peaceful life in the country.”
Buhari gave strong assurances that who believe that profits could be made, either from money paid as ransom or in politics, “will realise sooner than later that they are bound by the same fate as their victims. Banditry, kidnapping and the politics of murders will be fought with all the resources available to our country,” he declared.