Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and a co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, has reacted to the news of another abduction of some school girls in Yobe State on Monday by Boko Haram saying “she hoped the kidnap was not true.”
A total of 94 students of Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe, were reportedly missing after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the school on Monday.
Describing such incident as a recap of the Chibok incident that occurred in 2014, the former minister said government inaction led to the poor handling of the unfortunate incident.
She wrote on her twitter handle: “God forbids that the presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian army continued to keep the public in suspense any further on what really happened two days ago at the Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, in Yobe.
“God forbids that nothing was at all learned in all these years #ChibokGirls on how federal government should transparently engage the public on matters like the allegations flying about on Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi Yobe State after a Boko Haram attack.
“God forbids that we are indeed missing daughters who went to school once again. God forbids that anything resembling a re-enactment of the torture of the nearly four years of our #ChibokGirlsTragedy has happened to Nigeria.”
Ezekwesili, who has been at the forefront of advocacy for the return of the Chibok girls, also prayed that God forbids the evil in “Our land this evil in our land a second time.”
The former minister also asked whether the Nigerian government was aware of the incident.
“Nigerian army,” she tweeted, “do you have facts on the allegations of abduction of 94 daughters of Nigeria from their Boarding School- Government Girls Science and Technical Secondary School, Dapchi Yobe state after a Boko Haram attack?
“Are you in strong pursuit of their abductors if true?”