Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Nigeria's President Negotiating the Release Of 100 Abducted Schoolgirls

Nigeria's President Negotiating the Release Of 100 Abducted Schoolgirls

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration has shown more commitment to the rescue of the schoolgirls recently kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe state, unlike what the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan did during the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls in 2014.

Nigeria's president told the parents of 110 abducted schoolgirls on Wednesday he had ordered all military and security agencies to search for them, in his first visit to their home town since suspected Islamist militants took them a month ago.

Yobe is one of the states affected by Boko Haram's nine-year insurgency, which has caused tens of thousands of deaths. The girls were reportedly kidnapped by members of Boko Haram, a Jihadist militant organization who previously kidnapped nearly 300 girls in 2014.

But factions of the group have continued to carry out suicide bomb attacks and gun raids in the northeast, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

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REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Released 82 Chibok school girls reunite with their families in Abuja, Nigeria May 20, 2017. "It is better to get our daughters back alive", Buhari said in a statement.

"On 19th February 2018, we woke up to the painful news of the abduction of 110 students of Government Girls' Science and Technical College, Dapchi".

The president told the gathering that the federal government is partnering with the worldwide community including Nigeria's immediate neighbours to ensure the safe return of the girls.

A father of eight of the students, Alhaji Ali Mohammed, described negotiation as the only safe option for the insurgents to release the girls, saying he was happy "government has considered this option of negotiation". The girls, like all our citizens, must enjoy unhindered freedom and pursue their legitimate aspirations.

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"In addition, the Nigerian Air Force has maintained aerial surveillance of the area".

Some of the parents of the abducted girls also confirmed that they had been invited to the Government House in Damaturu for the meeting.

"Having regards to the circumstances of the development in that part of the country it is intolerable that the same manner of abduction took place".

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