Buhari speaks on abducted Dapchi schoolgirls

The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village, three parents, a resident and a local government official told Reuters.

Thursday morning, there is huge news of their rescue.

"We however want to task the government, the Nigerian Army with the other services of the military and the other security agencies to dispose of all niceties and crush all the remnants of the terrorist group without mercy". The girls had not been found or returned. Requests for information were apparently met with silence or hung up lines, and the Government channels would not reveal anything for much of the day.

Parents told the Associated Press they have compiled a list of 101 names of girls whose parents say were never accounted for. It is however reassuring that the only similarity the two ugly incidents share is the timing.

"We will wait until we see them".

Back then, the military and the government initially denied the kidnappings and stayed silent as the jihadists drove more than 270 girls into the bush and set up camp.

"Already, trying to convince parents to keep their daughters in school is a challenge", said Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign that drew global attention to the Chibok abductions.

But those joys have now been cut short; it is back to square one.

"To us in HURIWA, this insensitive, irrational and infantile reaction by the information minister shows how the minds of those controlling the current central government is working that they care more about power rather than the precious lives of the millions of Nigerians".

Boko Haram kidnapped almost 300 girls from a school in Chibok in April 2014, setting off global outrage.

On the Transparency International annual Corruption Perception Index, which ranked Nigeria 148 out of 180 countries assessed in 2017, showing deterioration in the perception of corruption in public administration in Nigeria compared to 2016, Governor Fayose said: "Transparency International has placed a question mark on the President's claim to integrity".

"Now, this added fear of more girls being abducted - it's going to make it even more hard".

Wednesday's attack in Chad was the first known assault on Chadian territory by Boko Haram since May 2017, when nine soldiers were killed.

This draws terrible and eerie similarities with the confusion that surrounded official communication following the abduction of Chibok girls on April 14, 2014 who have remained with the Boko Haram terrorists for more than 1,400 days.

The Bring Back Our Girls group which immediately swung into action over the Chibok girls, with series of protests aimed at mounting pressure on the government to do more in its efforts to rescue them, has yet again urged the government to invest in intelligence gathering and proper investigation of such cases.

  • Leroy Wright