President Muhammadu Buhari has apologized to Nigerians over the abduction Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, expressing shock such incident ‘could have happened’.
The President, who spoke on Friday, four days after the incident which happened on Monday, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the kidnapping as a national disaster.
He however, reiterated his administration’s commitment to rescue the abducted school girls, adding that perpetrators of the deadly act ‘would also be made to face justice.’
Recall that suspected Boko Haram members had reportedly invaded the Yobe community on Monday and ferried unknown number of school girls.
CRISPNG had earlier reported how irate residents of the community had booed and attacked convoy of the state Governor, for allegedly trying to deceive them over the truth of the situation.
The statement reads: “When I received the devastating news of the attack on the school and the fact that the local authorities could not account for all the students, I immediately dispatched a high-level delegation on a fact-finding visit to the town. I also instructed the security agencies to deploy in full and not spare any effort to ensure that all the girls are returned safely, and the attackers arrested and made to face justice.
“The entire country stands as one with the girls’ families, the government and the people of Yobe State. This is a national disaster.
“We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain. We pray that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return your missing family members.
“Our government is sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found.”