Dapchi Abduction – One Kidnap Too Many!

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Dapchi Abduction

When we thought we had seen and heard it all with the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, in Borno State in 2014, we are confronted with yet another strange abduction of 110 young students from the Government Science and Technical Girls’ College Dapchi in Yobe State.

Some people have rightly described it as a national disgrace and that is what it is. It is indeed an embarrassment for which the Federal Government should cover its face in shame. The current kidnap comes four years after Chibok and less than a year to the nation’s next general election. We are bewildered. The nation is shocked!

No one seems to be standing or sympathising with Nigeria this time because we have yet to see anyone carry placard and demand the immediate release of the girls, as was done previously. There has been no international #bringbackourgirls campaign and Melena Trump unlike Mrs Michelle Obama has not tried to muster international support for the grieving Nigerian parents. It is possible that the world is sick and tired of Nigeria and the bizarre things that happen here.

Notwithstanding, we cannot give up on ourselves, whether or not the world stands with us, sends us a condolence messages or carries placard in solidarity. We must fight Boko Haram, we must defeat terrorism; we must bring back our over 200 innocent girls in captivity.

The question, however, is, where did we go wrong this time? When the Chibok kidnapped occurred under President Jonathan, we blamed it on a number of things, including his naivety and lack of military expertise. But with President Buhari, a seasoned soldier, northerner and commander in chief who promised to annihilate Boko Haram if elected president, one is terribly confused.

How did the Dapchi kidnap occur under President Buhari’s nose? Did we not learn anything from Chibok? Why did we leave our door open for Boko Haram to re-enter and take our girls? This is sad and confusing especially when we remember that the military had told us that Boko Haram had been technically defeated.

We must also recall that before the Dapchi incident on the eve of Feb 19, 2018, several other attacks had taken place in schools in the same zone. They include the attack on Government Girls Secondary School GSS Damaturu, GSS Mamundo, Federal Government College Buni Yadi, College of Agriculture Gujiba and GSTC Potiskum, leaving scores of students dead and injured.

When we knew that our schools are an attraction to the insurgency, why did we leave the students unprotected? It is shocking also that the soldiers deployed to Dapchi were recalled less than a week before the kidnap, exactly as was the case in Chibok. We do not subscribe to the conspiracy theory, but the coincidence is troubling.

If anyone doubted that insecurity is a big problem in Nigeria, Dapchi settles it. Are we going to continue like this or is the Federal Government going to take the bull by the horn? What is clear is that Boko Haram is alive and active. Terrorism has not been defeated.

It is shameful that the military and the police are threading blames as to who did not do their work properly. Indeed, this is a national embarrassment and the Buhari Government should take the blame for leaving the girls vulnerable.
We understand that Boko Haram has already contacted negotiators who will negotiate with the Federal Government for the girls release in exchange for cash. We must not forget that only half of the Chibok girls have been released. Many are still in captivity and more are being added.

It is too evident that mass kidnap of school girls is one of the ways Boko Haram wants to use to fund itself and keep Nigeria on its knees. We wonder how long this will continue and if the Buhari Government is up to the task or totally helpless.

 


 

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