The Muslim Congress, a foremost Islamic group in Southern Nigeria has condemned the recent Boko Haram abduction of 110 Dapchi school girls in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.
In a press release, the National Amir of TMC, Dr Lukman AbdurRaheem wondered why a tragedy of such magnitude would befall the “Giant of Africa” despite its experience in the insurgency fight.
It, therefore, urged the government to watch its back to ward of the possibility of fifth columnists within the system.
Full text of the press release is produced below
We join other people of conscience to condemn the abduction of 110 girls of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
This incident is unfortunate and disheartening when those abducted in Chibok have not been fully released.
A thousand and one questions beg for answers! Are politicians playing politics with our lives? Where is the governor as the Chief Security Officer of Yobe with huge security vote?
Is the Police Commissioner sleeping? Where were the military men seconded to that axis? Is this a case of the fifth columnist in action?
It is our considered opinion that those in the positions of power should learn from history and be alive to their responsibilities.
To whom much is given, much is expected, we have surrendered our liberty to government and we pay taxes for running the state.
It is therefore important for our lives and property to be protected.
Nigerian military by abandoning that spot has by error allowed the enemies of the state to gain upper hand in the battle for control.
The incident calls for an urgent investigation.
Finally, TMC advises the Federal Government to be courageous by giving a 15-day ultimatum to the Nigerian Military and other security agencies to return all the missing girls alive.
We believe it has enough personnel, intelligence and firepower greater than the dissidents that carried out this heinous crime.
By Adeyinka Aremu