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Abduction Of Dapchi girls: A Slap on Buhari’s ‘Change’ Mantra (EDITORIAL)

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On Monday, February 19, 2018, over a hundred young girls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State.

There have been differing reports on the incidence but from all indications, is crystal clear that the school must have been attacked by the Boko Haram terrorists. This, however, is coming only just four years after 276 young girls were abducted in a similar manner from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

The militants reportedly invaded the town in 18 gun-trucks and headed straight to the school, where they shot indiscriminately before making for the hostels to capture hapless students. While some of the students and their teachers fled into the bush for dear life, others were rounded up, unable to escape.

How a terrorist group that was said to have been conquered and decimated was able to launch such a presumptuous operation that resulted in the abduction of over 100 schoolgirls calls for serious concern.

The capturing of the schoolgirls is another window of opportunity for these insurgents to negotiate for another windfall and the release of some of their key officers captured in the heat of hostilities.

It is against this background that we at ionigeria call for the resignation of Chief of Army Staff Major-General T.Y. Buratai, and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris Kpotum on account of their inability to exercise their constitutional responsibility to secure lives and property at all times.

Under their watch, Fulani herdsmen carried out series of attacks in various states of Nigeria; multiple bomb blast rocks the country; criminal activities has significantly increased despite the presence of these security operatives; protection of lives and properties is conspicuously absent in their core objective to the citizenry. On the overall, President Buhari’s service chiefs should resign if they are overwhelmed.

Moving forward, ionigeria urge the Federal government to devise ways of rescuing the ill-fated girls and consoling their grief-stricken parents.

We recommend that the Nigerian Army restrategize and fashion out ways of securing strategic locations across the country’s North-East borders. This would help in curtailing the incursion of ruthless terrorist groups.

We, however, strongly oppose the usual barter system of swapping terrorists for the release of abducted girls. The prisoner swap deals need to be perilously condemned to guarantee that we are not spiraling terrorist and unduly trading off our national security.

Obviously, the gigantic aggregates of cash paid in hard monetary standards as a payoff for the Chibok young ladies and different prisoners have encouraged the Boko Haram to set out on crisp chasing endeavors.

About Gbenga Odunsi

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