The House of Representatives Thursday called on the Federal Government to rescue the recently abducted school girls from Government, Girls Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State.
The lawmakers arrived at the resolution after a long deliberation on this year’s International Women’s Day, through a motion brought by Chairperson, House Committee on Women Affairs, Hon. Stella Ngwu (PDP Enugu) urging the Federal Government to secure freedom for all kidnapped school girls in the country.
They also enjoined the authorities to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and provide security for school children and women in the country.
Lawmakers like Lynda Ikpeazu, PDP, Anambra; Aisha Dukku, APC, Gombe; Garba Tchede, APC, Taraba; and Gudaji Kazaure, APC, Jigawa all called on the government to provide legal framework for gender parity and support Nigerian women in the quest for gender mainstreaming.
This was as a coalition of Civil Society Organisations including Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution (CDNCD) and Our Mumu Don Do Movement called on the National Assembly to probe the incident.
“As representatives of the people, the time has come for the National Assembly to take every action that can spur the executive and the nation to act.
“The National Assembly is invited to conduct a powerful investigation to unravel whatever conspiracy has been alleged so far, and the circumstances surrounding how over hundred girls will be kidnapped in a ‘war zone’ without them being spotted, or meeting police/ military check point.,” the coalition said in a statement by Ariyo- Dare Aroye and Raphael Adebayo, who represented the CSOs.
The Nigerian Military is conducting Operation Lafiya Dole, in the Morth East with Yobe State being part of the area of strategic operations. But the military was allegedly withdrawn from Dapchi 21 days, before the school girls’ abduction.
Some of the parents of the 110 students abducted from the Government, Girls Technical College, Dapchi, could not hold back the tears at the gate of the National Assembly yesterday.
The parents, both male and female who wore black shirts with inscription, “We are Dapchi People”, said since the abduction of their children, there has been no meaningful contact by government officials on the issue and prayed the government to help rescue their children.
One of the parents Yahaya Taributu, a male who told The Nation that three of his daughters were taken by the abductors, said the abduction was because of the laxity and incompetence on the part of the security forces.
He said: “Government should go and bring back our daughters” he said, adding that that could not understand why the military was withdrawn from Dapchi 21 days, before the abduction.
“We don’t know why government had to withdraw the army, but we believe that government knows better. We cannot, and will not rest over this matter, until we meet four eyes with our daughters”.
A mother, Aisha Alhaji Bukar, whose daughter one of those captured by the Boko Haram insurgents, could not stop weeping, saying her daughter’s absence has made her a sorrowful mother.
Also, Aisha Kundili Bukar, whose daughter was also kidnapped and Adamu Gashuama, a father, whose daughter was a victim, said there was no visible security in the town.
“Even now, if you go to Dapchi, you can carry mothers, fathers and all their children into captivity unchallenged. Dapchi is not safe,” Aisha Kundili Bukar said.