Dapchi schoolgirls got a clue yesterday. A member of
the House of Representatives said the girls were still
within Yobe State.
Rep Goni Bukar, representing Bursari/Yunusari/
Gaidam Federal Constituency, told The Nation in
Damaturu, the state capital, that the girls are in
Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government Area of the
His words; “The girls are within Yobe. We
have an idea that they are in Bulabulin,
Yunusari Local Government. The military is
aware that Boko Haram has been in that
place for over four years. They live in that
place like their own city."
Speaking on the efforts of the military in the search
for the girls, Bukar said: “I cannot blame the
military because I am speaking with those that are
carrying out the operation.
We have been speaking
and they are telling me everything that they are
doing; so, I cannot say I will blame anybody in the military.
They are doing everything but I think they
need to improve in their search so as to rescue those
“This issue is beyond the military that we have in
Yobe … It is not the issue of sending 10 policemen or
20 soldiers. It is a matter of commitment. That is
what we need. If they like, let them give me the
uniform and I will wear it and go and show them the
Even the day of the incident, the chairman, member, House of Assembly and I went to Gumsa
because we had information that three of the girls
died along the way and they were thrown away but
it was wrong information.”
The Defence Headquarters could not be reached for
comment last night.
The Forum of parents of the missing girls is planning
to stage a grand occupation of Damaturu , the Yobe
State capital, to press the government to intensify
efforts in rescuing their daughters, but are being
financially constrained. Manzo said: “We are going ahead with our plan to
come to Damaturu despite our financial difficulties.
We need to mobilise people to carry out our plan to
visit Damaturu. But so far, all the monies we have
gathered as a group is going into the prayers that we
are organizing for the safe return of our daughters.”
There have been prayers for the release of the 110
Participants at the ongoing 32nd National Quranic
Recitation Competition in Katsina yesterday prayed
for the release of the girls.
Dr Sani Abdullahi, Chairman of the Panel of Judges,
led the participants and spectators in the prayer
before the morning session of the competition.
Abdullahi prayed to Allah to protect the girls and
return them to their families unharmed.
He also prayed to the Almighty Allah to end the
insurgency in the Northeast, Zamfara and other parts
of the country.
‘’Oh Allah, we pray to You to grant us peace in
this country and assist these abducted school girls
and prevent future occurrence,’’ Abdullahi
The Dapchi community has mobilised over 300
clerics, who are praying non-stop for the girls’
The clerics, who are drawn from Dapchi and other
neigbouring villages, will not stop praying until the
return of the girls, Bukar said in Damaturu yesterday.
”We have gathered all the Ulamas in Dapchi into
one mosque and gave them every support to start
praying to God until all the girls return. Even after the
convocation of the university last weekend, I went to
Dapchi and met about two to three hundred of them
praying for the safe return of the girls,” Bukar said.
The Chairman, Forum of Parents of the missing girls,
Alhaji Basir Manzo, also said a large number of
clerics had been engaged within Dapchi town and its
environs to pray for the girls.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has also directed
Imams to conduct special prayers for Allah’s
intervention in the matter.