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What principal, parents of abducted Dapchi schoolgirls told Buhari

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The Chairman of the Abducted Students and Parents Association, Bashir Manzo, on Wednesday, told President Muhammadu Buhari to employ every means at government disposal to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls.

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Mr Buhari was in Dapchi, Yobe state to meet with parents of the110 girls who were abducted from the Government Girls Science Technical College, GGSTC, Dapchi.

Mr Manzo, who spoke in tears, said: “We have confidence in your administration towards rescuing the girls and reunite them with their families safely” he said.

Reacting, the president assured them of intensified efforts to rescue the girls, stressing that the security apparatus in the country had redoubled their efforts in the fight against insurgency.

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“In line with our three-point agenda, government has degraded Boko Haram from taking over towns to bomb attacks on soft targets like mosque, churches, markets, motor parks and abduction of students.

“Government will leave up to its expectations to rescue the students and eliminate insurgency.

“We will equip our security agencies to effectively combat insurgency and other forms of violent crimes in Nigeria,” Mr Buhari said.

In his remark, the state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, commended federal government’s efforts at rescuing the girls and in fighting insurgency in general.

“We have received four high powered federal government delegations including the Presidential committee inaugurated to unveil circumstances that led to the attack and abduction of the Dapchi school girls.

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“It is our hope that the girls will soon be rescued safely and the findings of the committee will be implemented,” Mr Gaidam said.

Also speaking, principal of the college, Adama Abdulkarim, urged parents not to be discouraged by the unfortunate incidence.

She said that by withdrawing their children from the school would give the terrorists victory in their campaign against western education.

The principal called for provision of adequate security measures to improve safety of schools in the state.

Meanwhile, final year students of the GGSTC have been transferred to Nguru to write their examinations as the school was yet to reopen.

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