Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Dapchi abduction: What we are doing to rescue schoolgirls

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Ben Pena | 14 March, 2018, 22:47

Nigeria prefers to have schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than military option, says President Muhammadu Buhari.

Many parents expressed optimism that the President's visit to Dapchi would avail him clear picture of the actual situation of the schoolgirls' abduction.

"Use of force, as the only option, will result in death of numerous girls while negotiation provides for their safe return".

After several escapes and releases, 112 of the girls remain in captivity of the deadly terrorist group.

The President said he has ordered the re-strengthening of joint operations by the relevant agencies to coordinate the rescue mission apart from partnering with global communities and organizations including neighbouring countries to ensure the girls are safely returned.

"Let me state without fear of contradiction that every mother of the abducted girls will now have a strong hope for reunion with these girls" she said.

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He also solicited for intelligence sharing among the security agencies to improve security coverage.

Tillerson was answering questions from journalists after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. As a matter of fact, they were released by Boko Haram after the alleged payment of huge ransoms and freedom of captured Boko Haram commanders by the Buhari administration.

The president is on his way to Yobe State, his first visit there since over 100 girls were abducted from their school in Dapchi.

The incident happened four years after the insurgents kidnapped 276 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok.

He said: "We are trying very hard to provide jobs, for our youths".

President Buhari also said that the senseless bombing of worship centers like churches and mosques that was rampant before his administration came into force, adding that his government has explored various strategies including regional and global collaborations to exterminate terror.

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