President Muhammadu Buhari has apologised to Nigerians for the abduction of schoolgirls from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe.
The president described the incident as a national disaster, and promised to do all within his power to secure their release.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, in which the president said a delegation has been dispatched to find the students.
“When I received the devastating news of the attack on the school and the fact that the local authorities could not account for all the students, I immediately dispatched a high-level delegation on a fact-finding visit to the town,” then statement read.
“I also instructed the security agencies to deploy in full and not spare any effort to ensure that all the girls are returned safely, and the attackers arrested and made to face justice.
“The entire country stands as one with the girls’ families, the government and the people of Yobe State.
“This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain,” he said.
Buhari, who recently paid a visit to Adamawa State, expressed optimism that the armed forces would return the missing girls to their respective families
“Our government is sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found.”