In Celebrating Children’s Release, We Must Recognise Challenges Faced By Our Military, Senate Says

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The Senate, yesterday, said while celebrating the victories recorded against terrorism lately, including the recent rescue of 137 schoolchildren in Kaduna, it was important to recognise the challenges being faced by the military personnel.

Speaking through its Committee on Army, the senatecommended the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for the successful rescue of the kidnapped students of Local Education Authority School, Kuriga in the Chukun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Chairman, Senate Committee the Army, Senator Abdulaziz Yar’adua, gave the recommendation in a statement in Abuja.

Part of the statement, “It is with profound gratitude and admiration that we commend the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their swift and successful rescue operation that led to the safe return of kidnapped students of LEA School Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

“The heroic efforts of our gallant troops, working in conjunction with local authorities and government agencies, have once again demonstrated their unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

“It is heartening to note that these rescued individuals have since been conveyed and handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further care and necessary action, bringing hope and relief to their families and loved ones.

“Furthermore, we must also acknowledge the recent rescue operation in Gada LGA of Sokoto State, where 16 pupils (Almajiris) and a woman were freed from captivity and handed over to Sokoto State Government.

“These combined efforts underscore the unwavering resolve of our armed forces to locate and rescue all hostages, as well as bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.

“While we celebrate these victories, it is crucial to recognise the challenges faced by our military personnel, who are often overstretched in their duty to safeguard our nation.

“As a gesture of our utmost appreciation and support, we pledge to enhance legislative measures aimed at improving the welfare and well-being of our brave soldiers, as well as streamlining their operations for greater efficiency.

“The relentless dedication and sacrifices of our armed forces in the face of adversity are a testament to their unwavering commitment to our collective security and national well-being.

“We stand united in solidarity with our military and other security agencies in their noble mission to protect our beloved country and ensure a safe and secure future for all Nigerians.”

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