Following the kidnapping of over 100 secondary school girls in Yobe state, Governor of Yobe, Ibrahim Gaidem has come out to blame the Nigerian military government on the incident.
Governor Ibrahim Gaidem who recounted how Boko Haram members attacked the Buni Yadi school for boys in 2014, killing 29 students after troops were withdrawn, said same incident played out after the Nigerian military withdrew troops from Dapchi before the attack.
He further said if the soldiers had been on ground, the attack and subsequent abduction of schoolgirls would not have been possible.
“I blame the whole attack on Dapchi on the military and the defence headquarters who withdrew troops from Dapchi. The attack occurred barely a week after the military withdrew the soldiers from there.
Before then, Dapchi has been peaceful, there was never such incident. But just a week after they withdrew the troops, Boko Haram came to attack the town. Let me be quoted anywhere, the military must take blame for the attack on Dapchi.
The same thing happened in 2014 when the military suddenly removed troops guarding the town and a week later Boko Haram went there to attack the town and the secondary school there killing 29 students” he said.
- The Yobe State Government has spent N15.8 billion in the last three years on fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.