PROMINENT Islamic organisations, The Muslim Congress (TMC) and the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), have condemned the abduction of 110 students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.
In separate statements, the groups described the incident as unfortunate.
MURIC, through its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said the attack had exposed Boko Haram terrorists as a bunch of cowards who turn their guns on unarmed, innocent girls and the most vulnerable members of society.
Akintola said: “Once again, Boko Haram terrorists have proved that they have nothing in common with Nigerian Muslims. The abduction of Dapchi school girls is a flagrant violation of Islamic rules of engagement which forbid attacks on women, children and old people during hostilities. Islamic rules concerning wars are so humane that even trees and livestock belonging to the enemy must be spared.
“But as usual, Boko Haram manifested ignorance of Islamic etiquette by attacking an educational institution where young girls are concentrated. The forceful kidnap of 276 Chibok girls on April 14, 2014 readily comes to mind and the various acts of forceful conversion and marriage of some of the girls remain objectionable and alien to the tenets of Islam.
“Nonetheless, MURIC is worried by the similarity in coincidental circumstances in the Chibok and Dapchi abductions. Both attacks occurred one week after troops were withdrawn from the towns. Even the 2013 massacre of 29 students in a secondary school in Buni Yadi by Boko Haram a week after the withdrawal of troops arouses our curiosity.
“It is our contention that whereas Boko Haram has been technically defeated, the military has inadvertently allowed the insurgents to gain the upper hand in wits. There is ample evidence to prove that the insurgents spy on Nigerian troops and launch attacks during periods of complacency. We should have known that it is not over until it is over.
“We call for an urgent investigation into the withdrawal of troops from Dapchi barely a week before the attack. We charge the Nigerian military to put other soft spots in the North East under close watch. We implore Nigerians from all walks of life to pray for the safe and early return of all the missing girls.”
TMC president, Dr Lukman AbdurRaheem, said it was disheartening a fresh abduction had occurred when schoolgirls abducted in Chibok four years ago had not been fully released.
AbdurRaheem said: “A thousand and one questions beg for answers. Are politicians playing politics with our lives? Where is the governor as the chief security officer of Yobe State with a huge security vote? Is the police commissioner sleeping? Where were the military men seconded to that axis? Is this a case of the fifth columnist in action?
“It is our considered opinion that those in positions of power should learn from history and be alive to their responsibilities. To whom much is given, much is expected.
We have surrendered our liberty to government and we pay taxes for running the state. It is, therefore, important for our lives and property to be protected.”
He blamed the military for abandoning that town and allowing enemies of state to gain to the upper hand in the battle for control.
“The incident calls for urgent investigation. TMC advises the Federal Government to be courageous by using a 15-day ultimatum to the military and other security agencies to return all the missing girls. We believe it has morer personnel, intelligence and firepower than the dissidents that carried out this crime,” he said.
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