President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday said his administration, unlike the past administration which dithered on the Chibok saga, responded swiftly to the abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was the country’s leader when the Chibok girls were kidnapped in April 2014. Jonathan was incredulous about the kidnap and did not utter a word about the incident until May 4.
President Buhari, who was visiting Dapchi, 24 days after the incident happened, said: “The Federal Government’s response to the unfortunate abduction of the school girls is a clear departure from the insensitivity of the past administration which looked the other way while the Chibok girls were taken away in 2014 and held in captivity for over 3 years”.
Newsbreak.ng notes that Buhari had attracted floodgate of criticisms for his delayed visit to Dapchi as well as states – Benue, Taraba, Plateau -that have witnessed bloodlettings recently.
Speaking at a townhall meeting in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe, President Buhari held up his visit as evidence of his commitment towards rescuing the 110 schoolgirls, and other Chibok girls yet to be freed from the grips of Boko Haram captors.
The president said he chose to negotiate the schoolgirls’ release because it was risk-free and, as he had done in the case of “abducted University of Maiduguri lecturers, some women Police personnel, students and even an NYSC member”.
“I can reassure parents, Nigerians and the International Community that we will do all that is within our power to make sure that the girls are brought back safely to their families”.
“There will be no rest till the last girl, whether from Chibok and Dapchi, is released”, said the president.