Dapchigirls: Parents Want Negotiation Option For Abducted Girls

Parents of abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe, on Tuesday, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for considering the option of negotiation against the use of military force to rescue the girls.

The parents, who spoke separately to News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu, said the option gave them hope for safe return of the girls.

Alhaji Bashir Manzo, chairman, parents association of the abducted schoolgirls, said, “this is a welcome development and we are happy about it.

“Use of force, as the only option, will result in the death of many of the girls while negotiation provides for their safe return.”

The chairman, who encouraged the government to go for dialogue to hasten the return of the girls, said, “the fact that the insurgents provide room for negotiation gives us hope for safe return of our daughters.”

Alhaji Baba Shehu, Secretary Dapchi Youth Development Association, also described the negotiation option as a healthy development.

“Government should deploy resources at its disposal to take this advantage and ensure the safe return of the girls,” he said.

Alhaji Ali Mohammed, a father of eight of the students, described negotiation as the only safe option for the insurgents to release the girls, saying he was happy “government has considered this option of negotiation”.

Maryam Alkali, a mother, said every mother would appreciate the option that will bring the girls back home safely.

“Let me state without fear of contradiction that every mother of the abducted girls will now have a strong hope for a reunion with these girls,” she said.

Malam Mustapha Imam, another parent, said: “If the government had resorted to military option alone, it may jeopardize the safety of the girls, so the option of negotiation is a welcome development.”

He, however, called on the government to take strong precautionary measures in safeguarding every school in the country, especially those in the Northeast.

“Government has to invest heavily on security, especially in equipment, manpower and intelligence gathering for improved security,” Imam said.

NAN reports that the President on Monday while receiving US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said the federal government had considered the option of negotiation to rescue the abducted students.


Dapchigirls: NSCDC Boss Visit Liberated Areas, Solicits For More Information

The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Abdullai Gana Muhammadu visited liberated areas and the schools in North-East to provide Physical Security to the Schools.

The CG who was in the company of his team, while addressing the girls in school in one of the liberated area, called for calm and assuring them of adequate security.

Gana commiserated with families and friends of Dapchigirls, calling for increased vigilance amongst the populace in the fight against terrorism.

The CG appealed for useful information that could help in rescue of the abducted girls, the statement added.