In a resolute stance against terrorism and criminality, Nigerian First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, emphasized the pivotal role of learning and education during a meeting at the State House in Abuja. The occasion centered on the reception of four out of five students recently rescued from the Federal University Dutsin-Ma after a harrowing period of captivity. Mrs. Tinubu, acknowledging the challenging experiences of the kidnapped individuals and others across the nation, underscored the significance of education as a formidable tool in the ongoing fight against security threats. Addressing the gathered audience, Mrs. Tinubu expressed empathy for the rescued students, assuring them that their ordeal would pass with the unwavering determination of security and intelligence forces, coupled with the support of the entire Nigerian populace.
As highlighted in a statement by her media assistant, Busola Kukoyi, the First Lady commended the Office of the National Security Adviser and the effective coordination of law enforcement agencies for their exemplary leadership in ensuring the safe return of the abducted students. “I join a cheerful nation to welcome our beloved daughters home as you reunite with your families. We grieved over the sad fate that had befallen you and we join your family to celebrate your safe return,” Mrs. Tinubu stated, reflecting the collective relief felt nationwide. Since the students’ abduction on October 5, 2023, the intervening period had been one of pain not only for the victims and their families but also for the broader Nigerian community.
Rescued girls assured of government support along with the RHI.
Mrs. Tinubu acknowledged the faith and trust placed in God and law enforcement agencies during the challenging period, expressing gratitude that the concerted efforts of various agencies had resulted in the safe return of the students. She highlighted the tireless work of law enforcement officers and thanked Almighty God for protecting the students and reuniting them with their loved ones. In her commitment to the well-being and future of the rescued girls, the First Lady assured them of the Federal Government’s support, along with the Renewed Hope Initiative (RHI), which she spearheads. Acknowledging the psychological toll of their ordeal, Mrs. Tinubu emphasized the imperative of ensuring that their experience does not hinder their educational pursuits and career aspirations.
“Beyond your safe return, we would follow up on your journey not only to recover from this sad episode in your lives but to see that you accomplish your mission in your educational pursuit and career interests,” she affirmed. Mrs. Tinubu recognized the courage displayed by the students and encouraged them to turn their challenging episode into a story of triumph. As part of this commitment, each rescued girl was presented with a Scholarship Grant of One Million Naira and a brand-new laptop from the Renewed Hope Initiative.
Funds provided as support to the families of rescued students.
Again, in a move aimed at alleviating the financial burden on the families of the rescued students, Mrs. Tinubu announced that the Federal Government would provide Two Million Naira to each set of parents and an additional One Million Naira to the Vice Chancellor of the University. This financial support, coupled with the educational assistance, exemplifies a holistic approach to aiding the victims in their recovery and future pursuits. The Representative of the National Security Adviser, Brigadier-General Olutayo Adesuyi, played a crucial role in facilitating the handover of the rescued girls. In his remarks, he highlighted the significance of the First Lady’s meeting with the students, emphasizing that it symbolized the solidarity of the Federal Government’s support.
This gesture serves as a testament to the government’s commitment to not only securing the nation but also ensuring the welfare and empowerment of its citizens. As Nigeria grapples with the persistent threat of terrorism and criminal activities, Mrs. Tinubu’s advocacy for education as a countermeasure demonstrates a strategic and long-term approach to addressing the root causes of insecurity. The recognition of the rescued students’ courage and the provision of tangible support not only signifies a commitment to their immediate well-being but also signals a broader dedication to nurturing the potential of every Nigerian citizen.
Her involvement in the initiative is empowering to all.
Summarily, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu’s proactive involvement in championing education as a tool against terrorism marks a significant step towards building resilience and empowering individuals and communities to overcome the challenges posed by insecurity. The collaborative efforts of government agencies, exemplified by the National Security Adviser’s representative, further underscore the unified approach required to tackle the complex issue of security in Nigeria. As the nation celebrates the safe return of these students, it also sets a precedent for continued commitment to education and empowerment as key elements in the fight against terrorism.