Following a successful negotiation and subsequent release of 13 Boko Haram hostages last Saturday, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume representing Borno South Senatorial District said Borno state will have no choice but to compensate President Muhammadu Buhari with their massive votes if the president decides to run for a second term.
Ndume commended the president and his team for the rescue of many boko haram captives, particularly the Chibok girls since he took over the mantle of leadership of Nigeria in May 2015. He also commend International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) for their roles in rescuing the abductees.
According to the Senator, “We in Borno state have no better way to express our gratitude to Mr President than to given him our assurances of support and massive votes come 2019.”
Boko Haram group – the world’s deadliest terrorist organization had at different times last year abduted 3 University of Maiduguri lecturers and 10 women on a police/ military convoy, some were said to be serving police women. The abductees were later shown in a video by the boko Haram group and demanding ransom for their lives.
A statement issued by Ndume on Saturday night stated that the release of the 13 abductees is a further reassurance that the federal government will in no distant time ensure the rescue of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other persons in Boko Haram captivity.
“It is with great delight that I receive the gladdening news about the release of the ten abducted women as well as the three geological scientists from the University of Maiduguri, who were abducted by Boko Haram in July last year.
“This news has not only gladden our hearts but has also renewed our hope that other abducted persons, including the remaining Chibok schoolgirls who are still in captivity would, in due course, regain their freedom by the grace of God.
“I, on behalf of the good people of southern Borno senatorial district and indeed the government and people of Borno state in general, commend all the actors that partook in the latest negotiated release of our women and lecturers.
“I specifically commend the leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping faith with his promise of ensuring that all abducted persons, especially the Chibok schoolgirls, will be released.
“I also thank the ICRC and our military personnel as well as other security agencies who had contributed in one way or the other to see that this great feat is achieved. ” Ndume said.