Senator Buhari asks China for help rescuing kidnapped train victims

senator buhari asks china for help rescuing kidnapped train victims
senator buhari asks china for help rescuing kidnapped train victims

Senator Abdufatai Buhari, chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport, has appealed to the Chinese government for assistance in rescuing the over 100 passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor who were kidnapped during a terrorist incident on March 28.

Senator Buhari, speaking to Xia Lijun, Deputy Managing Director of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, during inspection of the Moniya Railway station in Ibadan, accused the Chinese government of being mute. If Chinese citizens were involved in the incident, the Chinese authorities would have rescued them, according to him.

“In as much as Nigerians are pleased with the train, it has become a source of sadness today. Today is exactly 47 days that our brothers and sisters are in captivity.

Yesterday, the members of the families (of the victims) met with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. The accusation was even against us in the National Assembly and against your government. What efforts are you guys making as a country to assist Nigeria in rescuing these people?

If it is ransom if it is a force, what are you supposed to do? Nigerians are not taking it lightly with us and don’t want to take the train again.

I am appealing to you to help the Federal Government. It causes you nothing (as) you people are going to Russia to help Russia against Ukraine,” he said while addressing the Chinese contractor.

Instead of going to Russia, bring some of the equipment here. Come and give us the survey. The technology with you guys has gone higher.”he said