- Dapchi parents said they were joyous over the return of their abducted children
- They said the terrorists told them not to send their children to school
- The parents thanked President Buhari for the return of their daughters
Parents of abducted Dapchi girls who were released by Boko Haram have said the terrorists told them not to send their children back to western education.
Legit.ng had reported that the girls were released by the terrorists on Wednesday, March 21. Security operatives were not available as the terrorists reportedly drove into Dapchi town were residents celebrated the return of their children and praised President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Premium Times, the terrorists took their time to preach to the residents.
One Ibrahim Husseini who is a Dapchi resident said: “It was a thing of joy for us in Dapchi when suddenly we began to see trucks moving into the town at about 8:00 a.m in the morning.
“They brought the girls and then they were telling the general public that they should not go back to Western education schools; that what they did was not terrorism but rather the propagation of Islamic knowledge.”
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Kachalla Bukar, who is the secretary of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls’ parents’ group, said he was on hand to receive the girls and even took pictures with the terrorists.
He said: “But we, the parents of the missing girls, did not run as other villagers did, because we cannot run and leave our girls in the hands of the Boko Haram.
“When they came, they told us that they were returning the girls not because somebody gave them money, but out of their freewill. We thanked them. Then they told us that we must never return our girls to western school again; we said we will do as said. They preached to us for some time, and we said we will heed to their sermons.
“They shook our hands and asked us to forgive them for whatever pains that they might have caused us; then we shook hands and they asked us to snap photos with them using their mobile phone which we all did.”
Haruna Driver who is a father of one of the abducted girls said he was happy for his daughter’s return. He said: “When the news came to me, it was like a dream. But when I saw my daughter, I and her mother shed tears of joy.
“Sadly, we could not spend much time with her before she was taken to the hospital and then to Abuja. We thank God for His kindness and mercy on us. We thank the president and all those that worked hard to see that our daughters return to us safely."
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Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has been accused by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of allegedly staging the abduction of the schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, for ‘political purposes’, Leadership reports.
In a chat with newsmen, the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Olagbondiyan, referred to the abduction as a crime against humanity, and called on the United Nations to launch investigations into the matter.
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