Ministers delighted over release of Dapchi girls

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Sequel to the release of Dapchi school girls on Wednesday morning, the atmosphere in the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, venue of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting was filled with joy on Wednesday morning ahead of the commencement of the meeting.

The Ministers kept congratulating each other over the safe release of the girls as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari, when he visited the parents of the girls last week.

Speaking to Journalists covering the State House, Minister of Foreign Affairs, khadija Bukar Abba expressed delight at the release of the abducted Dapchi school girls.

The Minister, who hails from Yobe State, same with the girls, said: “I’m very excited today. My name is Hon. Khadijah Bukar Abba Ibrahim, the Minister representing Yobe State. I’m exhilarated, I’m happy, you just describe anything today that is what I feel because the Dapchi girls have been released. We are very happy. We have achieved what we had gone out to achieve and we thank the almighty God for His mercies.”

On the news that some of the girls are dead, she said, “as far as I know now they are taking a roll call, so we cannot ascertain how many have passed on or whatever. We will find out much later on what the casualties are.”

She advised the parents of the girls to continue sending their children to school.

“We as a government will just fortify the schools in order to make them safe for children to actually go and learn,” the Minster stated.

On his part, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, who predicted that the girls will be released a week ago, said, “Basically, I want to speak on the impression that people had that we cannot get the girls released. If you can remember the last interview I had with Channels Television, I said in two weeks, two months or less we are going to get the girls released and this has happened. So this is as result of the efforts of our President and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, for the support he has been given us and the output is showing now.”

On the negotiations that went on before the release, he said, “I did say even if you are going for negotiations if you are not doing so from the point of strength then you cannot make it.”

 

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