So That President Buhari Is Not Pelted With Stones
Nigeria News takes a look at the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe and how residents pelted governor’s convoy with stones.
As it was in the days when over 200 Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgency so it is today that 94 girls of the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State were kidnapped by the sect.
Since 2014 that the Chibok schoolgirls were abducted, the government is yet to rescue all of them. It has been a series of negotiation between the leadership of Boko Haram, the International Red Cross organization, the Swiss Government and the Nigerian Government.
At times I ask, why the Swiss Government and the Red Cross in this matter of terrorism and Nigeria. The government spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed would always say that the government could not disclose the reason for their involvement for security reasons.
Some of the Chibok schoolgirls have returned home through negotiation while a few of them were rescued by the troops of the Nigerian Army, Operation Dole.
However, the latest abduction of another set of Dapchi schoolgirls shows that the Boko Haram is not yet defeated as claimed by the government.
It becomes more worrisome that the local authorities of Dapchi could not say precisely how many pupils were abducted and how many had since been released by the dreaded Islamic sect.
When the news broke that the Boko Haram insurgents broke into the college last Monday, the state Government showed less concern by telling the public that the pupils escaped from the terrorists and that they had since been found around the community.
It took the cry of the parents and guardians of the children to know that out of 94 that escaped into the bush, only 48 had returned home. In other words, 46 schoolgirls are either stranded in the bush or in the custody of their abductors.
While the Nigerian Army was claiming to have rescued the 46, the state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam released a conflicting report that the troops never rescue the girls but that the Boko Haram deliberately freed 46 of them.
Perhaps the terrorists have chosen the number that they could cope with for now and might soon roll out a new plan for negotiation or use these girls as suicide bombers.
Some of the Chibok schoolgirls are dead, according to report. Some were brainwashed and used as suicide bombers while some were impregnated by the terrorists.
When he went to Dapchi to identify with parents whose children were abducted, the Yobe State Governor Gaidam’s convoy was pelted with stones by angry residents over the unconcerned attitude of the government.
Some government officials who were in the convoy were seriously injured with seven vehicles badly damaged. Dapchi has since become a no-go area for any government official and residents anger has grown that they will be ready to stone President Muhammadu Buhari if he dares visit the place.
The president hardly visits such a hostile environment for security reasons. Beside Zamfara where about 40 people were killed, about two weeks ago, Buhari refused to visit Benue where 73 people were killed by herdsmen.
However, Buhari apologized for the recent Dapchi kidnap in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant, Mallam Garba Shehu in which he described it “National Disaster.”
He also promised to lead the war against the insurgents as he ordered the army to rescue the remaining 46 abducted innocent girls.
As at Friday, the president said that more troops had been deployed in Dapchi for aerial surveillance to know the whereabouts of the girls.