Wednesday, 21 March 2018

‘Something is not right’ 'Buhari has a lot to tell Nigeria – Oby Ezekwesili, Nigerians react after 'Boko Haram returned Dapchi schoolgirls'

Boko Haram on Wednesday returned the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped from the Government Girls School in Yobe.

Reports has it that the insurgents group returned the girls in nine vehicles, an episode similar to how they were taken away.

According to reports, five of the girls died while in custody of the insurgents.

However, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said President Muhammadu Buhari played a role in the release of the abducted schoolgirls

Mohammed said the “directive by the President to all security agencies to do everything possible to secure the release of the girls” abducted on February 19, 2018, “yielded fruits in the early hours of Wednesday.”

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed “confirmed the release of 76 of the 110 abducted students in the early hours of Wednesday.”

He also assured that the release of the remaining abducted students was ongoing.

He said the girls were, “released around 3am through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country, and that it was unconditional.

”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,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

Meanwhile, the Co-founder of the BringBackOurGirls group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to the release of the abducted secondary schoolgirls.

Reacting to the development, Ezekwesili, commended President Buhari’s administration while also calling for the freedom of the remaining 112 Chibok Schoolgirls abducted from Borno.

She tweeted, “Ah, Lord just let this be TRUE that OUR #DapchiGirls are BACK. Just the JOY of KNOWING that 110 INNOCENT CHILDREN who were sent to school would not SUFFER what was visited 219 ChibokGirls and still being done to remaining 112 of them. @NGRPresident @MBuhari PLEASE CONFIRM NEWS.

“There is SO MUCH JOY that this news is springing up from our HEARTS! There are SO MANY QUESTIONS that EVERYTHING about their “abduction” is springing up from our MINDS. .@AsoRock @MBuhari @NGRPresident sure HAVE A LOT they NEED TO TELL the people of Nigeria.

“@AsoRock @NGRPresident @MBuhari while WE @BBOG_Nigeria REJOICE that “abductors” of OUR #DapchiGirls have RETURNED THEM, please BE REMINDED that:


Other Nigerians have also reacted to the release of the schoolgirls.

Nigerians expressed worries about the mysterious return of the girls.

They queried how Boko Haram insurgents were able to get into Dapchi town without being apprehended by security agents.

Majority of them have now accused President Buhari’s government of being behind the abduction.

Recall that the Amnesty International, AI, on Tuesday accused the military of being responsible for the abduction.

Here are some reactions from Nigerians.

@Augusta “This was the whole set up. Now we know why Baba was boasting of responding better than Jonathan in light of his obvious errors. It was planned from the get go, from the removal of army road blocks to the denial of the government to mama boko haram claiming the girls were with her.”

@Uchemayagi “Don’t mind him, we knew from onset that it was staged, it’s quite unfortunate that we now use peoples children for political purposes. APC is full of evil people, may we never witness these set of people again in our dear country.”

@Clementkanabe “This was the plan before now so that this government will be praised for negotiating the release of the #DapchiGirls without ransom payment. Remember the statement of the Defence minister, that the girls will be rescued in 2 weeks. SMH.”

@Amoso “Something doesn’t feels right in this Dapchi kidnap saga.”

@Solomon2day “Nigerians will like to know the ‘magic’ behind the release of 105 out of 110 Dapchi schoolgirls”

@Zedicus, “Those girls were never kidnapped, they were only relocated to be returned on a later day which I want to believe is a drive towards someone’s re-election come 2019 and those five that died must have been in the know of the game that played out and had to silence them.”

@Kolade “When Chibok girls were kidnapped, people said it was a set up, government delayed action. Soon we realised it was true but too little too late. Dapchi happened, this government went into action and ensure majority of the girls were returned, you said it was a set up! Really.”

@Sammyfizzy ”The drove back and dropped the girls without being seen or apprehended. youall are jokers”

@Bunmifase “In peace deals you don’t use guns bec u must have agreed to some terms and conditions and part of it is usually no body should be http://harmed.As much as I suspect foul play but am still happy that some families will rejoice today and I rejoice with them.”

@Ayovictor “We knw dat Dapchi sch girls is an APC plan 4 2019, A perfect Decoy 4 d $1B 2 fight Boko haram, I knew it the first day the news came.”

@Veremjude “It’s unbelievable, Boko Haram terrorist will drive through communities with 9 Hilux vans to Dapchi, drop off the kidnapped girls, exchange pleasantries with community leaders and drive back to their hideout. No military confrontation, no spy drones. What a shit hole country.”

@kardinalsmith “So the next release from PMB’ Media Aides will be “I have fulfilled my Promise to rescue abducted girls”. Sadly in some sections of this nation, these staged drama will still speak for them for re-election in 2019.”

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