Nigeria: We'll Use Military Might to Crush Boko Haram - Buhari

Dapchi school
14 March 2018

Damaturu — President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said his administration would invest resources in military might to crush Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

The president, who paid a sympathy visit to the parents of abducted schoolgirls at Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, said the insurgents would pay dearly for the abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014 and Dapchi.

He said he has read a comprehensive report on what the federal government is doing to rescue the schoolgirls in good health, and they have deployed police, soldiers and other security operatives for continuous search.

"We'll not spare Boko Haram. We would use our military might to crush them and provide a lasting peace in the country. We have deployed police, including those in plain cloths, soldiers: Army, Navy and Airforce; and other security operatives to continue searching until they rescue our children in good health", he said.

He said it's among his campaign promises to overcome insecurity, corruption and improve the country's economy.

"The insurgents were before now controlling some areas in Borno and some part of Yobe but they have now been reduced to brainwashing little children to commit suicide bombings in mosques, churches and other public places.

The president asked the parents to take solace and continue praying for the safe return of the schoolgirls.

Similarly, the president at during a stakeholders' meeting in Damaturu said that he would negotiate for the unconditional release of Dapchi School Girls so that they can be reunited to their parents.

"I am here in Yobe state to express my sincere sympathy with the parents, government and entire people of Yobe whose daughters were carelessly abducted by the unrepented terrorists".

"I want to reiterate our resolved to negotiate for the unconditional release of the girls. This is borne out of this administration's conviction that doing so is safer, so that it will not endanger the lives of our young girls".

The President said he has ordered the re-strengthening of joint operations by the relevant agencies to coordinate the rescue mission apart from partnering with international communities and organizations including neighbouring countries to ensure the girls are safely returned.

Buhari said, "any agency, person or group found to be negligent in the process that led to the abduction of the girls will be punished in accordance with the law".

While welcoming President Buhari earlier at the Government House in Damaturu, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam thanked the federal government for not relenting in its effort to restore peace in the region.

"I wish to express my deepest appreciation to Mr. President Muhammad Buhari for the show of fatherly concern. So far, Yobe State government had received four federal government delegations since the unfortunate incident, which shows that it has concern for its citizens" he said.

Gaidam also pledged the support of the people of Yobe state towards the federal government efforts at rescuing or securing the release of the schoolgirls.

The president landed at August 27 stadium, Damaturu at exactly 12:48pm and headed to Government House, where he interacted with Governor Ibrahim Gaidam and other stakeholders in Wawa Hall.

At 3:48pm, the president arrived at the Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, where he had face to face meeting with parents and students in the school before his final address.

Many parents expressed optimism that the President's visit to Dapchi would avail him clear picture of the actual situation of the schoolgirls' abduction.

The leader of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls' parent, Bashir Manzo, said the prompt response by the President and his visit today had renewed their hope that government is willing to reunite them with their children.

"The president has sent four delegations of ministers and top government officials since the incident happened. Today, he came by himself, we feel honoured and encouraged that government is doing everything possible to rescue our children.

"We still want him to consider the negotiation option as he promised to avoid using military force that would jeopardize the lives of our daughters," he said.

The presidential entourage include: Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Education, Adamu Adamu; Interior, Abdurrahman Dambazzau; Youth and Sport, Solomon Dalung and the governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima.

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