Some real action came from the Nigerian government over the more than 200 students abducted in Chibok, Borno State more three weeks ago on Thursday when the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, the three service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, paid visit to the scene of the kidnapping.
The service chiefs are Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Tobiah Minimah, a Major General, Chief of Naval Staff, Usman O. Jibrin, a Rear Admiral; Chief of aAr Staff, Adesola Nunayon Amosu, an Air Vice Marshal amd the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, an Air Chief Marshal.
Badeh maintained that knowing the number of missing girls is not as important as finding them as every single life is important to the nation.
He said no effort would be spared in rescuing the girls and reuniting them with their families and appealed to the members of the immediate community as well as the general public to volunteer useful information to security agencies that could lead to their liberation.
The team was conducted round the Government Girls Secondary School by the Vice Principal Administration, Bulama Modu, and some of the facilities inspected include burnt classrooms, dormitories and laboratories.
In the meantime, the Defence Headquarters has condemned the impression being created by a section of the media that the military lacks the capacity to rescue the girls.
Director of defence information, Chris Olukolade, a Brigadier General, said it was unfortunate that the constructive engagement between the DHQ and the coalition of civil society groups on Tuesday on the ongoing efforts to rescue the girls had been distorted apparently to pitch public opinion against the armed forces and heat-up the polity.
“It must be noted that the military by training is not given to complaining, buck-passing or resignation to defeat as alleged in the report. The Armed Forces will not want to join issues with the representatives of the `bring back the girls’ groups. It is important to reiterate that no attempt by any group or individual to drag the military into politics will succeed as the Armed Forces is focused on the task of rescuing the abducted girls,” he said.
Olukolade assured that the counter-insurgency operation in the northeast and other internal security operation ongoing across the country would be effectively prosecuted.