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Dapchi school girls kidnap, a national disaster- Buhari

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Says he is ‘sorry’ it happened under his watch

Jude Johnson

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has described the Boko Haram terrorists’ abduction of over 100 girls from the Government Girls Technical College GGTC), Dapchi, Yobe State, as a “national disaster”.

Buhari stated this in a statement on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was sorry that the attack happened under his watch.

He said to share the pains of the parents whose children and wards were abducted and would spare no efforts in ensuring that the pupils were rescued.

The President however, assured that the Federal Government would be sending more troops and surveillance aircraft for a 24-hour surveillance of the area.

Part of the statement read: “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.”

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