President Muhammadu Buhari has sternly warned a repeat of the abduction of schoolgirls in the beleaguered northeast which has come under sustained onslaught from terrorists.
Receiving the freed Dapchi schoolgirls on Friday, President Buhari said security chiefs will be punished if such incident recurred.
“Security chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their parts will be viewed seriously”, said the president who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
He further said: “I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents”.
In addition, President Buhari vowed security agencies would “deal decisively” with “unscrupulous characters politicising the security situation in the country”. He warned them to “desist or face the wrath of security agencies.”
“Government would not tolerate any attempt by any person or group to trivialise or politicise security issues for politically motivated ends,” said the president.
The Dapchi schoolgirls were freed by the fighters of the Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, commonly called Boko Haram (translating to mean “western education is sin”).