March 2, 2018

Dapchi girls: Heads must roll in military, police, JNI tells Buhari

Dapchi School girls

Prsident Buhari and Dapchi school girls

By Dirisu Yakubu & Umar Yusuf
—THE  Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, said yesterday that the Federal Government must spare no efforts to immediately rescue all the abducted Dapchi school girls and others in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.

Prsident Buhari and Dapchi school girls

The group also insisted that heads must roll in the security forces, especially against the backdrop of buck-passing between the Army and Police.

JNI spoke on a day Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, commended the House of Representatives for its swift decision to conduct investigation into circumstances that led to kidnap of the girls.

In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu, the JNI said the circumstances of the abduction raised serious concern about the genuineness of some security agents to the fight against insurgency.

It condemned the buck-passing between the police and the military over the abduction, saying it was an indication that something was seriously wrong.

Heads must roll

The JNI, therefore, said:  “An example must be set, heads must roll for this negligence. The inquiry is not the only way to go.

“In fact, a serious government would have, by now, put in jail and suspended all negligent security and political chiefs who could and should have protected these innocent children, rather than the rigmarole setting up of an investigative panel.

“If there is a worse outcome than the abduction itself, it is the fact that this is the most potent action to frustrate girl-child education in Northern Nigeria, despite the many enrolment campaign efforts for female education.

“No parent now is comfortable, especially in the North East, to allow his daughter to go to such callously unprotected schools. And the North is the loser! Therefore, this is a wakeup call to the quiescent northern governors.”

The JNI noted with concern, the growing mistrust among citizens in the North East, claiming that “any time people provided information on suspected insurgents, the informants are hunted down and many killed within the next 24 hours.”

It, therefore, called on government at all levels to collaborate with security agencies to tackle the security threat through proactive approaches.

The group directed Imams to conduct special prayers during calamities in the last Rak’at of each Salat, to seek Allah’s intervention for the safe return of the girls.

“Likewise, fervent observance of Adhkar (remembrance of Allah) should also be ventured into by all Muslims, as it is a vital tool for easing fears, tension and uncertainties such as the myriad security challenges bedevilling Nigeria. Similarly, supplications in Sujood in all circumstances are also paramount,” it said.

The group, however, said in spite of the shocking, unfortunate incident, “the remaining final year Dapchi students should be encouraged to write their respective WAEC and NECO exams, even if it be through an arrangement, in another environment.”

The JNI also said all female secondary schools in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa be provided with maximum security.

House decision to probe Dapchi girls’ abduction, good omen—PDP

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has commended the House of Representatives for its swift response to the party’s call for a full-scale legislative investigation into the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate abduction of the 110 school girls.

The party said the move by the House of Representatives to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the abduction underscored the legislators’ consensus for a non-aligned inquest, given the legion of conspiracy theory, conflicting reports and disagreement among government officials and agencies on the sad occurrence.

In a statement, yesterday, by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party lauded the green chamber approving the motion by Goni Lawan from Yobe State, who argued that there could have been a deliberate design to cover up details of how the girls were taken away.

The party further tasked the House not to lose sight of the submission from Lawan, which corroborated the claims by Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, that the abduction was preceded by the withdrawal of troops guiding the area, insisting that a thorough inquest be made to unravel who ordered the withdrawal and for what purpose, in the interest of Nigerians.

The party said: “The House of Representatives’ panel should also take critical note of the submission by Lawan, that no proactive measures have been put in place to provide security to the people despite cases of violent attacks in the area.

“Nigerians are eagerly looking up to the National Assembly for credible findings, particularly following the raging disagreements and blame game among security agencies involved in the provision of security in the area.

“This is more so as Nigerians have lost faith in the investigative committee set up by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government on this matter as reports from various other committees set by this administration on important national issues have never been implemented by the government.

“Nigerians can recall such committees, including Presidential committee on Asset Recovery; Committee to Audit Defence Equipment Procurement; Presidential Investigative Committee on Osborne Towers; 17-Man Committee on Fact Finding Mission to Rescue Nigerians trapped in Libya; the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiatives and the committee set up to oversee the rebuilding of communities affected by herdsmen/farmers conflict among many others,” the statement read in part.

The party further urged the lawmakers to “summon and investigate relevant security agencies, cabinet ministers and all other officials whose assignments dwelt on the abduction,” in exercise of their powers as provided in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”

Lutheran Church condemns abduction

The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, LCCN,  has also condemned in strong terms the abduction of the 110 school girls in Dapchi.

The Arch Bishop in-charge–of the church, Most Reverend Musa Panti Fillibus at a press conference in Yola yesterday, called on the federal government and all the relevant agencies to, as a matter of urgency, rescue and re-unite the girls with their families.