Our response To The Abduction Of Dapchi Girls Was Timely – Buhari Says
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday denied the late response of his administration to the February 19 abduction of 110 students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.
Buhari made this assertion at a town hall meeting with traditional/community leaders and other stakeholders in Damaturu, Yobe State in Damaturu, Yobe State, in continuation of his nationwide visit to troubled areas across the country, having previously visited Taraba, Plateau and Benue state.
Buhari said, “The Federal Government’s response to the unfortunate abduction of the schoolgirls is a clear departure from the insensitivity of the past administration which looked the other way while the Chibok girls were taken away in 2014 and held in captivity for over three years.
“Due to our commitment, over 100 Chibok girls have been rescued and reunited with their families, sent back to school and empowered with requisite skills.
“You may recall that recently, our negotiation efforts led to the release of abducted University of Maiduguri lecturers, some women police personnel, students and even an NYSC member.
“We, therefore, have no doubt that the Dapchi girls will be rescued or released. I can reassure parents, Nigerians and the International Community that we will do all that is within our power to make sure that the girls are brought back safely to their families.”
Those at the meeting include the Governor of Yobe State, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno; Chief of Defence Staff, General Obayomi Olonishakin; National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno and other service chiefs.
Others are the ministers of Education; Youth and Sports, Interior and Information and Culture, Mr Adamu Adamu; Solomon Dalong, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, parents of the abducted students of the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, government officials, traditional rulers, and community leaders.
Nigeria News had Previously reported that the President visited Taraba state, last week Monday and Benue state on Monday, March 12 where he sympathized with families of those who lost their lives.