President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday commended the Government of Thailand and international volunteers in the current efforts to rescue 12 children and their coach trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, with imminent risks of starvation and death.
Thai authorities on Sunday rescued four boys among 13 trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, in a dramatic operation that involved having the children dive through dark, flooded passages. The operation to extract the rest of the group with the help of elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs will restart on Monday after supplies are restocked, authorities said.
The President in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said,
”In a globalised world, the bond of our common humanity is getting stronger day by day. ”Although Thailand is located thousands of miles away from us, we in Nigeria share the pains and difficulties of these trapped teenagers who face imminent danger to their lives. “The way the international community responded with empathy and enthusiasm, is evidence that our common humanity is greater than our differences.
“When we perceive the victims as our own children, we are bound to identify with the trapped kids and be moved to action.” According to the statement, President Buhari was inspired by the response of the Thai government to the crisis; and the dedication and enthusiasm of the rescue teams.