Following the recent abduction of 110 girls of Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 Northern states and Abuja, have expressed sadness and dissatisfaction on the manner at which the issue is been handled.
Rev. John Joseph Hayab who is the spokesperson of CAN in the 19 Northern states expresses his concerns and also urges the Federal government to do everything possible to ensure the girls return safely in a recent interview, while also stating that
“CAN is deeply concerned with this development. When we have not yet got back all the Chibok girls, and now another 110 school girls have been kidnapped. And sadly, though, the Yobe State government have apologized for its first denial, but that denial made Nigerians more confused because it shows we cannot be truthful when fellow Nigerians are affected. The government and the security agencies must sit up.
“The girls must not stay long like the previous ones before they are released. The girls must be brought back alive. The young girls are Nigerians. They need the protection of the Nigerian government. These girls can be anybody’s daughters. CAN is saying that the Nigeria security agencies must not play the propaganda game anymore. They should go after the criminals that have abducted these girls.
“The security should take serious action and stop making noise and confusing people. This particular abduction is a challenge to government to prove to Nigerians that the huge spending on security is not just a drain on our resources, because when we hear and read stories that billions of dollars is expended for security and we still have issues like this, then it tells us that there is a serious problem in the country.” he said.
Meanwhile, the federal government has confirmed the abduction of 110 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the figure after a meeting on Sunday. He disclosed that the federal government had stepped up efforts to rescue the girls and return them safely to their parents, adding that security agencies were working on many leads regarding the whereabouts of the girls.