The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed delight over the release of the abducted students of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram.
The party said that the prompt release of the girls was solid demonstration of the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to secure the lives of all Nigerians, adding that if the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan’s government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had responded with similar alacrity, that the Chibok schoolgirls would have been released or rescued.
The APC stated this in a statement on Wednesday by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in reaction to the girls who were brought home by Boko Haram in the early hours of Wednesday.
Abdullahi said, “The APC is extremely delighted with the news of the return of the schoolgirls abducted from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State by Boko Haram.
“The prompt release of the Dapchi schoolgirls is another solid demonstration of the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to secure the lives of all Nigerians.
“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.
“We assure Nigerians that the current administration remains committed to securing the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirl still held in captivity by Boko Haram and ultimately rehabilitate and reunite them with their families and loved ones.
“The party is confident that reforms that the government has embarked on would improve the capacity and efficiency of our security agencies to prevent the kidnap of children by terrorists and diminish their ability to carry out attacks on soft targets.”
Meanwhile, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise the well-being of the released Dapchi girls by immediately providing them with adequate medical and mental health services, including post-rape care and psychosocial support for those who have survived abduction by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The organization also “urges the authorities to urgently establish a judicial commission of inquiry to conduct a thorough, impartial and effective investigation into allegations of complicity against some members of the military and security forces in the abduction of the girls. Such commission should be completely independent, and have the mandate to find out exactly what transpired, and identify suspected perpetrators.
“The report and findings of the commission should be made public, and handed over to a judicial authority to pursue possible prosecutions. This is the surest way to end the constant abductions of our girls.”
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