Army hands over 104 Dapchi School girls to FG
By Sunday Popoola, Abuja
The 104 released Dapchi girls were handled over to a Federal Government by the Nigerian Army in Maiduhuri.
Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and several members of his cabinet are away in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as his state erupted in joy over the release of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on 19 February.
Gaidam was in Malaysia to receive a Gold Merit Award conferred on him by the Lincoln University College of Malaysia, based in Petaling Jaya near Kuala Lumpur.
The governor’s absence may explain why the three ministers sent to Dapchi by President Muhammadu Buhari, are calling in Maiduguri first, instead of going straight to Damaturu, the Yobe capital.
Buhari had visited Damaturu and Dapchi on 14 March and vowed to do everything possible to rescue the Dapchi schoolgirls.
Meanwhile,the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the prompt release of the Dapchi schoolgirls as another demonstration of the political will of President Buhari to secure lives of Nigerians.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abudullahi, stated this in a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday while expressing delight over the return of the girl by their abductors.
“The APC is extremely delighted with the news of the return of the schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram.
“With this prompt release of the Dapchi girls, the APC government has demonstrated how government should respond to such situations.
“If the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration had responded with the similar alacrity, the Chibok schoolgirls would have been released or rescued,“ he said.
The APC spokesman noted that instead of giving the situation the urgency it deserved, the PDP wasted several weeks wallowing in denial and conspiracy theories.
This, he said, left the APC government with no choice than to rescue many of the girls and rehabilitate them when it came to power in 2015.
Abudullahi assured Nigerians that the APC-led Federal Government was committed to securing the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls still held in captivity by Boko Haram.
The spokesman added that government would ultimately rehabilitate and reunite the girls with their families and loved ones when they were eventually rescued.
He expressed confidence that the reforms that the government had embarked on, would improve the capacity and efficiency of security agencies to prevent the kidnap of children by terrorists.
This, he said, would also diminish the ability of terrorist to carry out attacks on soft targets.
Boko Haram on Wednesday, returned 105 kidnapped Dapchi school girls in nine vehicles same way they took them away on February 19.ko