The All Progressives Congress (APC) is optimistic that the Federal Government will secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in 2014.
The party said this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Bolaji Abdullahi on Wednesday, while reacting to the release of at least 100 abducted students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State.
The arrival of the girls earlier today was trailed by jubilation from parents and local residents, following their abduction by members of the outlawed group on February 19.
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Reacting to the development, the APC described the “prompt release” of the Dapchi schoolgirls as another solid demonstration of the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration to secure the lives of all Nigerians.
The statement read in part: “With this prompt release of the Dapchi girls, the APC government has demonstrated how government should respond to such situations.
“If the immediate-past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration had responded with the similar alacrity, the Chibok schoolgirls would have been released or rescued. Instead, the PDP wasted several weeks wallowing in denial and conspiracy theories such that it was now left for the APC government to rescue many of the girls and rehabilitate them.”
The ruling, however, assured Nigerians that the current administration remains committed to securing the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls still held in terrorists’ custody.
They also pledged to ensure that the girls are ultimately rehabilitated and reunited with their families and loved ones.
The APC was also confident that reforms of the Federal Government would improve the capacity and efficiency of the security agencies to prevent the kidnap of children by terrorists and diminish their ability to carry out attacks on soft targets.
Despite celebrating the return of the Dapchi schoolgirls, some Nigerians were concerned about how the girls were returned while their abductors were not intercepted by security operative.
Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, on his part, explained the rationale behind the girls’ return, noting that they were released unconditionally.
“For the release to work, the government had a clear understanding that violence and confrontation would not be the way out as it could endanger the lives of the girls, hence a non-violent approach was the preferred option.
“Within the period when the girls were being brought back, operational pause was observed in certain areas to ensure free passage and also that lives were not lost,” the minister said.
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