Nigeria President Buhari bows to pressure, to visit Dapchi where 100 girls were kidnapped
President Buhari and Vice, Osinbajo with some rescued Chibok girls
London, March 5, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is to visit the north-eastern Yobe State, home to the town of Dapchi, where 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants.
Mr Buhari also announced he would be visiting Taraba State on Monday, followed by Benue, Zamfara and Rivers states, according to Nigeria’s Punch newspaper.
All have been badly affected by violence in recent months – some due to conflict between herders and farmers, and some down to the Islamist militants Boko Haram.
The 19 February kidnap in Dapchi has been balmed on suspected Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group.
Mr Buhari has said that the army and air force are in pursuit of the girls and are doing everything it can to find them.
But most of the parents of the missing girls don’t feel the government is doing enough, the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty reported when she visited the town last week.
A father of one of of the missing girls, known as Zara, told our reporter that the government reaction has been slow:
“I don’t know why the government has not reacted faster … but these are not the children of senior politicians, they are the children of poor men.”
The Dapchi kidnapping has echoes of the Chibok kidnapping, four years later, where militants took 276 schoolgirls.