President finally speaks up on Dapchi girls situation
The president today, described the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram as a national disaster. He profusely apologised for the unfortunate incident and promised to send more troops and aircraft to aid the security agencies in rescuing the missing girls. Buhari said these in a statement which was made available to the public by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.
In his own words, “When I received the devastating news of the attack on the school and the fact that the local authorities could not account for all the students, I immediately dispatched a high-level delegation on a fact-finding visit to the town. I also instructed the security agencies to deploy in full and not spare any effort to ensure that all the girls are returned safely and the attackers arrested and made to face justice. The entire country stands as one with the girls’ families, the government and the people of Yobe state. This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this happened and we share your pain. We pray that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return your missing family members. Our government is sending more troops and surveillance aircrafts to keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis; in the hope that all the missing girls will be found.”