President Buhari has apologised for the disappearance of the schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State.
The president said his government was “sorry that this could have happened.”
Buhari has also described the incident as a “national disaster” and expressed hope that they would be found as soon as possible.
He said the Federal Government would be sending more troops and surveillance aircraft for a 24-hour surveillance of the area.
A statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, made available to the public on Friday (today) says:
“When I received the devastating news of the attack on the school and the fact that the local authorities could not account for all the students, I immediately dispatched a high-level delegation on a fact-finding visit to the town.
“I also instructed the security agencies to deploy in full and not spare any effort to ensure that all the girls are returned safely, and the attackers arrested and made to face justice.
“The entire country stands as one with the girls’ families, the government and the people of Yobe State.
“This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain. We pray that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return your missing family members.
“Our government is sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found.”
Meanwhile, there is still confusion over the actual number of missing students, as the state commissioner for education blamed the parents for being uncooperative.
There are, however, reports that the parents are being bullied and cowed into silence by the state government.