Written by Nicholas ACHEDE

Dapchi girls: PDP, APC trade blame

As jubilation trail the release of the Dapchi school girls by their captors, last week, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has engaged in blame games with the All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration on the circumstances surrounding the release. 

The main opposition party accused the government of staging the abduction and eventual release of the Dapchi schoolgirls to score political points. 

In a chat with journalists in Abuja, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Olagbondiyan, referred to the abduction as a crime against humanity, and called on the United Nations to launch investigation into the matter. 

"Our party considers this act as wicked, callous and tormenting; to use innocent schoolgirls as pawns in an ignoble script that was designed to hoodwink Nigerians and orchestrate a great rescue and security prowess of a conquering general, all to push a 2019 re-election bid, is an unpardonable gamble with human lives. 

“Nigerians know that the main aim of this devilish act was to delude the public, set the stage for an orchestrated rescue, create a heroic myth and false sense of achievement around the APC administration, and serve as a spur for President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration to contest”, he said. 

However, the federal government has described the allegation by the PDP as “erroneous and extremely dishonourable”. 

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja, said such postulation on the Dapchi girls portray “the PDP as an inhuman, insensitive, unpatriotic and unworthy party.” 

He said since the release of the Dapchi girls were negotiated by friendly countries and reputable international organizations, it would have taken a conspiracy of global proportion to have stage-managed the adoption and release of the girls. 

Mohammed said the reaction of the PDP amounts to an expression of sour grapes, especially because the party failed woefully when it was in power to quickly resolve a similar abduction of schoolgirls. 

“As we have said many times since the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls, no government is exempted from its own share of tragedies. What makes the difference is the way such tragedies are managed. Whereas it took the PDP all of 18 days to even acknowledge the abduction of the Chibok girls in 2014, the APC federal government acted promptly and responsively when the Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted Feb. 19 2018, hence their quick release,” he said. 



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