A women advocacy group, the Social Advocacy Project (SAP), has called on Federal Government to urgently rehabilitate the 101 Dapchi schoolgirls just released from captivity after more than one month in the hands of their abductors, the Boko Haram insurgency group.
SAP, an arm of the Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) group made the call while joining other well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice over the safe return of the students of Government Girls Secondary Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, Yobe State, who were kidnapped in February.
This is contained in a statement issued by Hajiya Sherifah Yusuf-Ajibade, the Coordinator of the Project and e-mailed to The Renaissance on Thursday in Lagos.
The Renaissance reports that the kidnapped schoolgirls were returned to Dapchi town in the early hours of Wednesday, March 21 following a successful negotiation by the Federal Government with the Boko Haram insurgency militia.
“Our hearts are really gladdened when news broke in the early hours of today, March 21, 2018, that one hundred and one (101) of the abducted Dapchi girls have been released by the Boko Haram.
“The Social Advocacy Project (SAP) of Al-Mu’minaat urges President Muhammadu Buhari-led government not to relent on the war on terror especially in the Northern part of Nigeria; the Boko Haram and the herdsmen.
“Security of lives and property of Nigerians is the primary responsibility of any Government, the PMB-led government cannot afford to relax.
“We are using this medium to call for the release of the remaining Chibok and Dapchi girls’.
“The intelligence that led to the release should be kept and not breached so that the remaining girls can come back alive and safe.
“Stories of how girls have concluded that they won’t return to school get to us daily. Once beaten twice shy; no one can blame parents or even girls who concluded that school isn’t safe for them.
“Experiences have taught them and nothing is better than experience.
“This is one of the very important reasons why our government cannot afford to relent on ensuring security for schools.
“Girl-Child education and women empowerment is at stake; if this apathy isn’t addressed by ensuring the safety of lives of the girls, who choose to attend school, then the future of women and the family may be affected negatively.
“Social Advocacy Project (SAP) of Al-Mu’minaat, as women/children rights advocate, thus demand that returnees be recovered from their homes and be given necessary rehabilitation.
“Adequate and impenetrable security should be provided to all schools with special attention given to girls’ schools in areas where the insurgents still operate in the North-east.
“Efforts should also continue to change the battered image of schooling while parents of the deceased girls’ should be adequately compensated, even though no amount of money can bring back the dead girls.
“Such compensation will, however, ameliorate their pains.
“We pray that Allah (SWT) bring the menace of Boko Haram to an end and expose their sponsors for justice to take its full course so that the victory can be total. Amin,” the statement read in part.
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