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Why we delayed rescue of abducted lecturers, others, by govt


President Muhammadu Buhari (middle) with the rescued University of Maiduguri lecturers and police officers’ wives at the State House Abuja, … yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

• Asks NYSC to give certificate to rescued corps member
• Army spokesman tasks media on national security issues

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration’s delay in using the “force” option to facilitate the immediate rescue of the nine women and three University of Maiduguri lecturers abducted by Boko Haram and ISIS last year ‎was to avoid collateral damage in the process.

Buhari, who said this while receiving two sets of freed captives at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, stated that the groups responsible for their abduction ‎were not only different, but also based in different locations that if not properly handled, could result in dire consequences.

The President said his administration places tremendous value on human lives, particularly that of its citizens, hence his directive to the security agencies to do everything humanly possible to ensure the safe release of every persons under hold of the insurgents.

Meanwhile, the President has directed the authorities of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to issue a certificate of discharge to Jummai Ibrahim who spent the remaining part of her service with the abductors.

In another development, the new Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Jude Chukwu, has urged the media not to allow issues of national security overshadow their interest if the country must win the war against the challenges of internal security.

Chukwu, who spoke yesterday in Abuja when he took over as the new army spokesman, said the media must also downplay the activities of the insurgents by not publicising their activities so as not to undermine national security.

According to him, public relations and information management are key to success in military operations with the current security challenges facing the country.

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