Buhari, during the Yobe visit, went to the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, where the 110 girls were abducted.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President visited the school after a meeting with stakeholders in Damaturu.
In Dapchi, Buhari was said to have reassured parents of the abducted schoolgirls that the Federal Government would not rest until their children were safely brought back home.
The President, who was accompanied by Governor Gaidam, said, “I have read the full report of what happened in Dapchi. I am praying that God will continue to console you,” he said.
Buhari also said government would ensure that the Boko Haram menace was totally brought to an end.
The Principal of the school, Mrs. Adama Abdulkarim, said some gunmen stormed the school premises and started shooting at about 7pm on February 20, 2018.
“We had a roll call and realised 110 girls were missing; out of 906 girls, we had 796,” she said.
A representative of the parents, Alhaji Bashir Manzo, appealed to the Federal Government to rescue the girls.
Stop stories, give us our girls, PDP tells Buhari
However, the Peoples Democratic Party advised Buhari to stop telling Nigerians stories, but deliver the girls to their parents.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said it was a pity that Buhari was still talking about reactions when Nigerians and the parents of the abducted girls had been weeping.
He said, “The President is still talking about his reaction when Nigerians are weeping daily for the abducted girls to return. Is that an issue? He should stop telling stories, but give us our daughters.
“Did he also tell Nigerians why his commanders withdrew soldiers shortly before the abduction took place?
“He merely changed his mind because he was told that he would be seen as being inhuman when he now visits them during the 2019 electioneering. Was he told that the national leadership of our party had visited?”
Asked whether he was surprised that Buhari visited the school, he said no, but wondered why the President refused to visit places of killings in both Benue and Plateau states.
He said, “If he could do that in Yobe State, what stopped him from commiserating with the families of those killed in Benue and Plateau states? Why didn’t he visit the graves of those murdered in Benue who were given mass burial.”
No comparison until Dapchi girls are rescued – CSOs
Also, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and Campaign for Democracy said the Federal Government must rescue the Dapchi schoolgirls before making any comparison.
The CDHR President, Malachy Ugwummadu, said, “Putting it very bluntly, until the Dapchi schoolgirls are back (all of them), in the same conditions they were before abduction, we cannot talk about any comparison. The statement reveals serious political indiscretion.”
Also the CD President, Usman Abdul, said, “We recall that the wife of the previous President met with the principal and some of the Chibok pupils. That is also some sense of response. But a part of the campaign promises of President Buhari is to tackle the Boko Haram menace and then, Dapchi abduction happened.
“I think this is not about whose administration is better, but about the rescue of the Dapchi schoolgirls.”
Buhari handled abduction poorly –BBOG
The spokesman for the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Sesugh Akume, said the President was complacent.
Akume said Buhari was less competent than Jonathan because he allowed the girls to be abducted despite having the benefit of hindsight.
“We think President Buhari has handled the matter very poorly. We are not happy that four years after the Chibok abduction happened, the Dapchi abduction happened again. All the mistakes that were made by Jonathan were repeated, which means the Buhari government did not learn anything.
“The Dapchi abduction happened nearly a month ago and the President is just visiting. Also, the government lied that the girls were rescued. Soldiers were withdrawn from Dapchi a few days before the abduction.
“The fact that the Dapchi abduction happened alone is enough to call for his resignation because Chibok abduction was a first time incident; but now it has repeated itself, it is even worse.”