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Freed train abductee expresses ‘strong support’ for Buhari


Hassan Usman, one of the freed abductees of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack, has reaffirmed his continued support for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Usman, a lawyer, and his wife Amina, were among the travellers kidnapped on March 28, 2022, before his release on July 25.

Usman, who was held captive for more than 100 days, was one of the victims seen in a popular video being tortured by insurgents.

Speaking with ICIR, Usman admitted that though he is still a supporter of Buhari, his administration has scored “below average” in terms of security.

He said, “I am still a strong supporter of Buhari but in terms of security, I can score this government below average.

“Because one of their major responsibilities is to see that the lives and property of citizens are being guaranteed by the government.

“But as it is now, I can say that the government has failed woefully in that area. Despite the huge resources allocated for security in Nigeria, there is nothing to write home about.”

Speaking about his ordeal, Usman said, “It has been a bitter experience I must say. Since when we were captured, we had to walk long miles for almost three days before we reached a camp where we were detained for close to four months and being there is a bitter experience actually.”

“Because since we arrived at that camp, we have been sleeping on bare ground for most of the time. Come rain, come sunshine, we have been there. Mosquitoes and reptiles and snakes were biting us for a very long time.

“We have killed more than 10 snakes and some other reptiles like scorpions or what have you.”