The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has reassured that government will not relent in its efforts in finding the Dapchi school girls until they are found.
He gave the assurance at the Stakeholders Security Summit for Northern Nigeria organised by the Inspector General of Police in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
“We are particularly sad about this event, considering the number of children that are involved, saying, they stand shoulder to shoulder with their parents and also share their grieve,” he said.
Represented by the Adviser to the President on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, who stated that the police needs to be supported at all fronts considering the multi dimensional security challenges bedeviling the country.
Prof. Osinbajo explained that, if political officers will be given adequate security, all public and private schools across the country must also enjoin the same feature.
“We must as well protect children so that they do not have the impression of being neglected and not allow their psyche to be brutalised or traumatized by hoodlums,” he stressed.
He therefore called on all the Governors to directly support the police by setting up school protection unit.
“State legislators should also budget for children’s protection while Council Chairmen and Councils must serve as first line of intelligence collaborating with security officers and Armed forces.”
The Chairman, Northern Governors Forum NGF, Kashim Shettima, said that the police is over stretched for reasons of competing demand on the meager resources of the Nation.
Represented by the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, who adviced that the need for community policing is very essential.
The Governor commended the President, the Armed forces, the Police and other paramilitary agencies for their efforts in curbing criminalities and insurgency across Nigeria.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai said the summit provides a timely opportunity to collectively examine the security challenges faced and proffer workable solutions as a region.
“While the North-East has begun an admirable recovery from the ravages of terror, the recent abduction of young girls in Dapchi is a painful reminder that evil has not given up,” he said.
Represented by his Deputy, Bala Bantex, who noted that apart from the loss of lives, the bonds of trust that enabled communities to easily uphold harmony and concord risk is being broken.
“And the cycle of violent conflict scares investors away and slows much needed growth and development in the State,” he emphasised.
He added that the Northern Nigeria must strategize on how to confront these challenges together and work towards ensuring a secure and peaceful Northern Region.
“Our religious and community leaders must lend a helpful voice, and not allow the trauma of loss to be inflamed by recourse to religious or ethnic recrimination,“Bantex concluded.