Buhari meets released school girls, vows to rescue lone Christian girl

Mar 26, 2018, 00:36
Buhari meets released school girls, vows to rescue lone Christian girl

According to her mates, it was because she is a Christian and refused to convert to Islam as demanded by her captors.

President Muhammadu Buhari's government has previously said it was willing to hold talks with the group but has given no details.

FILE - Major General Rogers Nicholas carries one of the newly released Dapchi schoolgirls as others wait to board a plane in Maiduguri, Nigeria, March 21, 2018.

The Dapchi kidnapping revived painful memories in Nigeria of the April 2014 abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, a town also in the northeast, which caused global outrage. Her own daughter, Rifkatu, is still missing almost four years after she and over 200 of her classmates were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from their school in Chibok about 275 km (170 miles) away.

"In what way are they different from armed robbers, kidnappers, ritual killers, and corrupt people that are facing prosecution?"

But BBOG spokesman, Sesugh Akume, addressing newsmen on Friday said, "The Minister of Information said they had a ceasefire arrangement with Boko Haram and they ought not to have abducted the Dapchi girls, so they had a moral burden to return the girls".

While some of the Chibok girls have been freed in exchange for ransom and the release of top Boko Haram commanders, a total of 112 remain in captivity.

Alli, in a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity, BSA Campaign Organisation, Mr Taiwo Ibrahim, said the government was only chasing the shadow, adding that there was deceit in the way and manner the government was prosecuting the war against insurgency.

Early on Wednesday morning, Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah, 15, heard girls' voices and the sound of vehicles driving past her house.

There also is an Islamic school in Dapchi, which the insurgents left untouched when they kidnapped the girls in February.

"They told me five of the girls died and my daughter, who was among them, was the first to die", Garba says.

And it was an elated President who addressed the girls and the nation pledging his government's determination to avoid a repeat of this whole incident.

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