Parents and guardians of the released Dapchi schoolgirls have spoken of their resolve not to return their wards and children to Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State where they were abducted on February 19.
The Secretary, Abducted Dapchi Girls’ Parents Association, Mallam Bukar Kachalla while speaking on behalf of his colleagues, told Punch of their resolution against the backdrop of plan by the federal government to return the girls to the school this week with promise of providing adequate security.
“We have decided that none of the girls released will go back to the school even if the government provides all the security in the world in the school.
“Our resolve is predicated on the fact that we have been having security (presence) in Dapchi for the past five years, but the security (operatives) were suddenly withdrawn; and 21days after, the town was attacked and the girls were abducted.
“Now, what kind of assurance do we have that even if they (government) provide security, they will still not withdraw it someday? So, we cannot afford to risk the lives of the girls again,” Kachalla told the paper.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria Turkish Nile University, Prof. Huseyin Sert, has offered to award scholarships to the schoolgirls to pursue their education.