Speaker Dogara, Atiku, APC Hail Release Of Dapchi School Girls


BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC), have hailed the return of the abducted Dapchi School girls.

In his press statement, Speaker Dogara commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of the female students abducted from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Dogara said the President’s efforts in ensuring that the girls were freed from captivity has yielded results with the hope of ending years of violent insurgency in the North East and therefore called for proactive steps to be taken to forestall a re-occurrence of the incident by security agencies.

He also said; “We must remind all those concerned that mass abduction of innocent schoolgirls should never have been allowed to happen in the first place. While we await the outcome of the investigation by the House Ad hoc Committee.

“The House of Representatives will not accept any further excuses or buck passing between the various security agencies. Intelligence gathering must be strengthened to prevent attacks before they occur.

While commiserating with the released girls, their parents and families for the ordeal they went through, Speaker Dogara assured of the House of Representatives’ readiness to continue to promote the security of lives and properties of Nigerians working in concert with the Executive.

He said that efforts should be intensified to free the remaining Dapchi and Chibok schoolgirls and indeed all those in captivity.

In his own statement, former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, welcomed the release of some of the schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram on Wednesday morning four weeks after they were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Atiku said he was gladdened by the return of the girls and expressed joy that some families who had been heartbroken will now have the tears wiped from their faces, as will other Nigerians who were distressed by the kidnappings.

He further said; “This is a moment of joy for all of us as a nation,” he said. “We may not all be in Dapchi at the moment but we are all celebrating with the families, the community and the entire Yobe State.”

Atiku, however, noted that the grief of the parents whose daughters weren’t returned would probably take on a new and more tormenting dimension, as they continue to wait and pray for their safe return.

The former Vice President noted that while the events of today are fresh in our heads, a call for a more permanent solution to the problem of kidnapping of girls from schools should be found.

He proposed several ideas, including the immediate reassignment of 150,000 Nigerian police personnel to secure schools in volatile areas of the northeast, adding that the government should look at redesigning schools to make them more secure from attack including the addition of safe rooms.
He also said; “We cannot continue to allow our daughters to be used as instruments of negotiation, subject to capture and release at the whim of any group.

“For the sake of our youth who embody the best of our tomorrow, we must confront this Frankenstein monster. Working together as a Nation we can and must bring an end to this. Not a day must be wasted in finding solutions. We must make it safe so our girls and women in every part of the country can study and flourish in peace.”

On its part, the All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed delight at the news of the return of the schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram.

The ruling Party said the prompt release of the Dapchi schoolgirls is another solid demonstration of the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to secure the lives of all Nigerians.

It further said in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi that with this prompt release of the Dapchi girls, the APC government has demonstrated how government should respond to such situations.

According to Abdullahi; “If the immediate-past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), administration had responded with the similar alacrity, the Chibok schoolgirls would have been released or rescued. Instead, the PDP wasted several weeks wallowing in denial and conspiracy theories such that it was now left for the APC government to rescue many of the girls and rehabilitate them.

“We assure Nigerians that the current administration remains committed to securing the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirl still held in captivity by Boko Haram and ultimately rehabilitate and reunite them with their families and loved ones.”

The party also expressed confidence that reforms that the government has embarked on would improve the capacity and efficiency of the nation’s security agencies to prevent the kidnap of children by terrorists and diminish their ability to carry out attacks on soft targets.

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