Parents of the 110 abducted Dapchi school girls on Thursday marched to the National Assembly to register their pains with the federal lawmakers in continuation of their clamour for the release of the recently abducted pupils by Boko Haram terrorists.
With frustration written on their faces that bore marks of pain and agony, some of the parents recounted their ordeals since the abduction of their daughters, saying that it had been a heartbreaking experience and nightmare since their daughters went missing.
The parents, who wore adorned in black shirts with inscription, “We are Dapchi People”, said that they had not come to criticise and attack the government but to demand the rescue of their daughters.
The February 19 abduction of the 110 girls from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, raised the blood pressure of the nation to a boiling point.
President Muhammadu Buhari had few days after the adduction directed the military and the Police to deploy all the assets necessary to search for and rescue the girls.
In the same vein, Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar had relocated from his base in Abuja to North East to help in search of the girls, with a promise that the Air Force will deploy all its assets to aid military efforts to find the girls.
Alhaji Bashir Manzo who is the Chairman of Dapchi Abducted School Girls Parent Association formed to rally parents whose daughters were among the Boko Haram abducted, said:“Seriously, we the parents of the children are not happy with how the government is handling this issue. Government is behaving like it is not serious about this matter”
Alhaji Manzo also briefly narrated how the girls were abducted: “We got the information that Boko Haram came into town on that evening. At that time, some of us were in the mosque, while others were yet to go to the mosque. And they started shooting in the town. Many fled, but some people stayed around. They (Boko Haram members) came looking for the school. While searching for the school, they went to the primary school, and they said ‘this is not the school they were looking for’. Some of them eventually located the girls’ school (GGSTC Dapchi), and they went there and abducted our children and went with them.”
He vowed that the parents will keep up pressure on government until the girls are rescued.
“We are hereby begging the federal government under Buhari’s leadership, and the state government under Ibrahim Gaidam’s leadership, to be more serious in getting back our children from these people.
“And now, some parents, especially the mothers, have been rendered useless with anxiety, having sleepless nights and some are hospitalized as they keep wondering what could be happening to their children. Even, we, the men who are a bit stronger, we are not really doing well emotionally. We can only be fine when we see our children. That is all I can say.”