President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he was sorry that the attack which led to the abduction of pupils from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, happened. He described the incident as “national disaster.”
Buhari stated this in a release made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The President said he shared the pains of the parents whose children and wards were abducted and would spare no efforts in ensuring that the pupils were rescued.
He said the Federal Government would be sending more troops and surveillance aircraft for a 24-hour surveillance of the area.
“When I received the devastating news of the attack on the school and the fact that the local authorities could not account for all the students, I immediately dispatched a high-level delegation on a fact-finding visit to the town.
“I also instructed the security agencies to deploy in full and not spare any effort to ensure that all the girls are returned safely, and the attackers arrested and made to face justice.
“The entire country stands as one with the girls’ families, the government and the people of Yobe State.
“This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain. We pray that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return your missing family members.
“Our government is sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found.”
Yesterday, Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidem’s Press director released a statement claiming that some of the girls abducted from Dapchi have been found by the military, and a subsequent visit Yobe Governor paid the parents and members of the community in which he revealed that none of their daughters that went missing following Monday’s attack by Boko Haram members have been found, residents of the community who accused the government of deceiving them reportedly stoned Governor Gaidem’s convoy.