#DapchiGirls: Islamic Group Wants Heads To Roll
Nerves are getting frayed over the abduction of 110 school girls from a secondary school in Dapchi, a community in Yobe State.
An Islamic group that is not happy with the development is calling for punishments for those whose laxity may have contributed to the abduction of the girls.
Something Was Seriously Wrong
The first thing the group, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), wants the Federal Government to do is to ensure that no efforts are spared to immediately rescue all the abducted Dapchi school girls and others in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.
In a statement on Thursday by its Secretary General, Dr Khalid Aliyu, the group said the circumstances of the abduction raised serious concern about the genuineness of some security agents to the fight against insurgency.
It condemned the buck passing between the police and the military over the abduction, saying it was an indication that something was seriously wrong.
The JNI therefore said “an example must be set – heads must roll for this negligence. Inquiry is not the only way to go".
“In fact, a serious government would have by now put in jail and suspended all negligent security and political chiefs who could and should have protected these innocent children, rather than the rigmarole setting up of an investigative panel," the Muslims umbrella group said.
It added: “If there is worse outcome than the abduction itself, it is the fact that this is the most potent action to frustrate girl-child education in Northern Nigeria, despite the many enrolment campaign efforts for female education.
“No parent now is comfortable especially in the North East to allow his daughter to go to such callously unprotected schools. And the North is the loser! Therefore, this is a wakeup call to the quiescent northern governors".
The JNI noted with concern, the growing mistrust among citizens in the North-east, claiming that “any time people provided information on suspected insurgents, the informants are hunted down and many killed within the next 24 hours".
It therefore called on government at all levels to collaborate with security agencies to tackle the security threat through proactive approaches.
The JNI directed Imams to conduct 'Qunootun-Nawazil', special prayers during calamities in the last Rak’at of each Salat, to seek Allah’s intervention for the safe return of the girls.