The schoolboys abducted in Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State have been released, authorities in the state have announced.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, confirmed the release of the students on Thursday, a week after they were kidnapped by bandits.

He said the boys were kept safe in Tsafe, a local government area in Zamfara State but have now been taken to the G0vernment House in Katsina State.

Governor Aminu received the students and assured them that they would be taken care of.

However, the government did not give a specific figure of students released by their captors.

President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the development, saying the boys’ release was a relief to their families, country and to the international community.

He acknowledged the spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the governments of Katsina, Zamfara and military which led to the release of the students.

Read the full statement of the President’s reaction to the release of the boys below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI WELCOMES THE RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED KANKARA STUDENTS

President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the release of kidnapped students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, describing their safe return as a big relief to their families, the entire country and to the international community.

In a short remark shortly after their release was announced, President Buhari expressed the nation’s appreciation for the steps taken by all involved to make their release possible.

President Buhari specifically cited what he called the “spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the government of Katsina, Zamfara and military leading to the release and commended the nation’s intelligence agencies, the military and police force for providing the environment for the safe release of the hostages.”

“The Governor (Masari) and the army worked extremely hard. As soon as I got the information I congratulated them. The Armed Forces know their job. They have been well trained and properly motivated.”

On the issue of detainees held elsewhere in the country by either terrorists or bandits, the President gave assurances that his administration is acutely aware of its responsibility to protect the life and property of the Nigerians.

He urged the citizens to be fair to the administration as it deals with the problems of security, economy and corruption which the administration was elected to resolve.

“When we came, we made efforts that yielded the return of the Chibok Girls. When a similar incident of school abduction happened at Dapchi, we successfully returned all but one of the more than one hundred abductees. When this latest incident happened, we put in our efforts and today we have this result to show.”

The President pointed to the successes of the administration in dealing with security in the South-South and the North East. He said the North West now presented a problem which his administration is determined to deal with.

“We have a lot of work to do, especially now that we have reopened the borders. It is unfortunate that the bandits and terrorists continued to get weapons even under the circumstances of the border closure. We are going to dare them. We will deal with all that,” the President further assured.

He prayed for the full recovery of the students who he said had endured significant hardships in the course of their six-day ordeal.

He also gave further assurances of the determination of his administration to return to safety all fellow citizens held against their will.

Garba Shehu.