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Dapchi girls’ kidnap, shame of a nation—Labour Party

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…Find the will to rescue them, ex-Army Director urges FG

By Demola Akinyemi & Ebun Sessou

ILORIN—The Labour Party, LP, has described as retrogressive and unacceptable the latest kidnap of secondary school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State, noting that it is the shame of a nation.

Yobe school girls
Dapchi schoolgirls during the headcount on Tuesday.

National Chairman of the party, Dr. Mike Omotosho, in a statement in Ilorin yesterday, said the development was disturbing and depressing at a time Nigerians were still grappling with the tragedy of the remaining Chibok girls in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists and growing insecurity.

Meanwhile, a former Army Colonel, Yomi Dare, who was former Director, Army Services, has tasked the Federal Government to find the political will to recover the missing Dapchi schoolgirls.

LP’s statement

The statement by LP read: “It is the shame of a nation. While we claimed to be spending so much on security and still sulking over our remaining Chibok girls in the captivity of the terrorists, our girls are being kidnapped again.”

The party admonished the Federal Government to be deliberate in the provision of adequate security to all and sundry as a matter of constitutional responsibility.

They said the Federal Government should ensure that proactive steps were, henceforth, taken to ensure that all Nigerians were assured of security so children can go to school without the fear of kidnap or massacre, urging government to be sincere with Nigerians.

Find them, says former

Director, Army Services

The former Army Colonel, Yomi Dare, who spoke in a television programme, said government should find the girls as it has the intelligent units providing information, adding “there is need for us to raise the bar of security consciousness.”

His words: “We all have the picture of Shekau, who he is and what he looks like. The picture of Shekau should be posted all over the news, the social media, for a little child to recognise.

“Aside that, we need attitudinal change. To an average Nigerian, he believes security is the business of the security forces alone; we all must participate; we are all stakeholders.

“We must not see everything as politics. We must not feed fat on situation where people are grieving, because when a bullet is fired, it does not identify the real enemy; it can stray to anyone.”

“This is the same country where money was appropriated for security and people stole the money.’’

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