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Buhari hails military over release of 23 kidnapped train passengers

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his happiness and satisfaction, and that of the entire nation, with the military and other security agencies on the safe release of the remaining 23 kidnapped train passengers held in captivity by Boko Haram terrorists.

President Buhari said the nation owed the military and all other security and intelligence agencies a debt of gratitude for the successful conduct of the operation leading to the release of the hostages.

He said these agencies have shown outstanding capabilities over this period that the whole world will not fail to take note of.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said, In expressing satisfaction with the successful deployment of both kinetic and non-kinetic processes leading to the eventual safe release of the remaining hostages, President Buhari also congratulated the families of the victims for having them back alive.

He directed that the relief that comes to the nation arising from the closure of this unfortunate saga must be sustained at all times, all over the federation.

The President also credited his government for resolving the issue and the de-escalation of the terrorism, banditry and kidnapping that surged recently, giving assurances that the efforts will be sustained.

Reporting by Bello Wakili; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor