From Noah Ebije, Kaduna
Worried about the failure to secure the release of all abducted passengers of the Kaduna-Abuja train attack after over 98 days in captivity by terrorists, a former senator, Shehu Sani, has volunteered to join the planned protest by family members to force Federal Government to hasten action to secure their release.
The passengers were abducted on March 28, but eleven of them were released recently, leaving behind 50.
The family members of the embattled abductees planned to occupy some government facilities and major streets in Kaduna and Abuja by next Tuesday when the hostages will be exactly 100 days in captivity.
Sani, the president. Civil Rights Congress (CRC), promised to be physically present during the protest to lend his voice to call on the government to “act now and not later for the sake of lives of victims, who are suffering untold hardship in the forest.”
Speaking during a private meeting with the family members of the victims in Kaduna, Sani said: “As long as they remain under hostage in hands of terrorists, the people of northwestern Nigeria and the whole country will never be free and comfortable”.
Speaking further, he said: “You can imagine how an 85-year-old mother living in a forest, in a rainy season like this, having to contain to live with wild animals and serpents in the forest. Our comfort and safety are tied to freedom of these hostages”
“It is only unimaginable that a nation with a population of over 211 million people, with such enormous investment in security and defence, but is so impossible to get the hostages out .
“Their lives are our lives, their situation reflects the situation in the country. If they can’t sleep, we can’t sleep.
“Now for three months, we have all been put under tension, all because of the situation of these abducted mothers, sisters, brothers and children.”
He commended the efforts of the negotiators and urged them never to relent until all abducted are released.
“What is very clear to each and every one of us is that the life of each and every hostage is more important than any price we are going to pay to get them out. There is no price that is too much to get these hostages out of captivity
“The terrorists have made their demands and I believe it is not too much for the federal government to do all that is needed to get these hostages out of captivity,” he stated.
Narrating the ordeal of victims to Shehu Sani, Abdulfatai Jimoh, one of the leaders and relatives of the kidnapped victims, said since some of the victims were released about three weeks ago, the information gathered from them revealed they are facing terrible conditions.
According to him, they sleep in the open, under the sun, and under the rain and are exposed to environmental as well as health hazards .
“We have done all we could humanly possible to secure their release and now we have resolved to embark on a physical protest to force Federal Government to act immediately and get our mothers, sisters, brothers and children out of the forest.”