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Boko Haram's threat can't stop our children's education - Dapchi parents

Boko Haram's threat can't stop our children's education - Dapchi parents Boko Haram's threat can't stop our children's education - Dapchi parents
Anna Jefferson | 24 March, 2018, 10:36

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hosted the recently released Dapchi girls at the presidency in Abuja.

The father of one of the Nigerian schoolgirls still unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists returned 104 girls from a mass abduction says he believes his daughter and others are dead and buried.

President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed that Sharibu was the only schoolgirl still in captivity after the extraordinary release of the girls on Wednesday and vowed that she "will not be abandoned".

The girls - many dressed in matching fawn-coloured, long hijabs - boarded a Nigerian military transport plane from the Borno state capital Maiduguri to Abuja on Wednesday night.

"It is equally curious to observe that the girls were released nearly exactly the same time the Defence Minister, Mansur Dan Ali promised that they would be released, apparently mimicking what the president said a few days earlier".

"We were freed because we are Muslim girls and they didn't want us to suffer".

Reiterating his administration's commitment to the fight against terrorism and insurgency, Buhari urged all Nigerians to join in this task.

"I further tasked all appropriate security agencies to safely bring back the girls". When asked whether they were well fed, she said they had to cook their own food. We need the same magic for our remaining 112 Chibok girls.

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He told our correspondent that from the kind of confidence and the weapons he saw the Boko Haram insurgent carried in their vehicles, he is convinced that nobody can stop them to go anywhere they want to go, adding that, "in fact they can even enter Damaturu and abduct girls in any school they want to". In a radio interview he said he was happy that she had not renounced her faith.

"We did not pay any ransom for the girls". If you can remember the last interview I had with Channels Television, I said in two weeks, two months or less we are going to get the girls released and this has happened. Another girl and a boy were also freed along with the 104 schoolgirls.

"Then they told us that we must never return our girls to western school again; we said we will do as said".

The girls were taken from a boarding school in Dapchi on February 19 and released about one month later.

"May I also warn those elements, who have chosen to make a political fortune out of our citizen's misfortune".

"The Nigerian authorities must investigate the inexcusable security lapses that allowed this abduction to take place without any tangible attempt to prevent it", said Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International's Nigeria director.

He said they had since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of pupils/students as well as teachers and school workers.

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