President Buhari’s Speech at the Reception for the freed Dapchi Girls
I am delighted to formally announce to Nigerians this morning and our International friends and partners that One Hundred and Seven (107) students (105 Dapchi School Girls + 2 others) previously abducted, have been unconditionally released by their abductors.
2. This cheering and hearty development signifies our commitment to the security and wellbeing of all Nigerian.
3. We are never in doubt about our focus and direction since the assumption of this Administration. Security, anti-corruption and revamping of our economy are the main focus of our Government.
4. You will recall that on 14th of this month, I paid a visit to Yobe State during which I sympathized with the parents, families, Government and people of the State on the tragic abduction of the students in Dapchi.
5. I made a solemn pledge on my word of honour that this Administration would do everything possible to ensure the unconditional release of the girls.
6. I further tasked all the appropriate security agencies to safely bring back the girls. We also reached out to our contacts at home and abroad. We embarked on backchannel shuttles with a clear view to bringing to an end this tragedy.
7. We entered into negotiations solely to make sure that no single girl was hurt. This strategy paid off as the girls have been released without any incidents.
8. Let me reemphasize our Administration’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and insurgency, and also call on all Nigerians, to join in this task.
9. The security services have since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of our pupils/students and teachers and school workers.
10. I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any reoccurrence of these incidents. Security Chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their parts will be viewed seriously.
11. To the rescued students, we want to reassure you as our daughters, that you will freely live and pursue your dreams in Nigeria of peace and order, without fear of violence or molestation.
12. We are determined as never before, to bring back our remaining Chibok daughters. And this, we must accomplish. And that will be soon, by God’s grace.