President Muhammadu Buhari has described the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train as ‘callous’ and a matter of grave concern.
Buhari was quoted as saying this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant, (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu.
The Nigerian leader was quoted as saying, “No one should be allowed to hold the country to ransom”.
Recall how terrorists, on Monday night, attacked the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train, first with explosives before shooting at passengers.
At least eight people have been confirmed killed in the attack while many others are still missing, according to the Kaduna State Government.
In his statement issued on Tuesday, Shehu said President Buhari has directed that a system be put in place to prevent such attacks in the future.
“President Buhari has directed the immediate conclusion of all the processes for the implementation of the integrated security surveillance and monitoring solution for the Abuja to Kaduna railway line and that this be extended to cover the Lagos-Ibadan railway line,” the spokesperson wrote.
“He also directed the Nigerian Railway Corporation management to speedily repair the damaged lines and resume normal service without delay.”
Shehu said the president gave the directives at a meeting with security chiefs in Abuja.
Additionally, the President charged the law enforcement chiefs to bring back all passengers kidnapped and ensure that each of the callous terrorists are hunted down and made to face justice for their heinous acts as no one or group should be allowed to make the country prostrate.
According to the President, “like most Nigerians, I am deeply pained by its occurrence, the second of its type, which has resulted in the death of a yet-to-be-determined number of passengers and others who suffered injuries.
“The attack on the train, a safe means of transport to many, is callous; and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers for the injured,” he said.
The President commended the law enforcement agencies for their prompt response and emergency personnel who were responsible for the evacuation and treatment of the injured persons.