Family members of the passengers kidnapped during the March 28 terrorist attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train have issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the federal government to ensure the safe rescue of all the abductees.
The families gave the ultimatum at the end of a meeting of the family members in Kaduna on Monday, April 12.
Reacting to the recent video released by the terrorists showing the abductees pleading on the government to rescue them, the families said they were yet to receive any word from those who abducted their loved ones.
Speaking on behalf of other family members, Abdulfatai Jimoh, said
”The kidnappers said we should be ready that they are going to contact us. We have not had any communication with them since then,” he said.
Since this incident happened, we expected that by now, the government, the Nigerian Railway Corporation and the federal ministry of transportation are supposed to have identified relatives of the victims to tell us what efforts they are making or not to rescue our loved ones unhurt.
In fact, the primary duty of any government is to protect the lives and property of citizens. We believe our government can do it and it’s capable of doing it.
Until a few days ago, we had been expecting telephone calls from the abductors because that’s what they promised us. But when we saw the video, they made it very clear that they want to discuss with the government; that they have something with the government.
We don’t know what they want from the government. But it is now an opportunity and a window for the government to rescue our loved ones by opening channels of communication with them. This is not out of place. It is done anywhere in the world.
This, we know our government can do and we are appealing to them to do it. We don’t know what is between them but it is something that can be resolved in the interest of the lives of Nigerian citizens. Life is very sacred — even if it is one life that’s involved.
We are appealing to them to open a channel of discussion with the bandits and get our loved ones out as quickly as possible. We have been in serious anguish over the past 15 days. Many of us have not been sleeping. We are like living corpses.
We have decided collectively that we are giving the government 72 hours to do everything that’s necessary to rescue our loved ones.”