Parents of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls on Tuesday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for considering the option of negotiation to rescue the girls.
The Parents speaking to News Agency of Nigeria in Damaturu said the option of negotiation gives them hope for safe return of the girls.
Alhaji Bashir Manzo, chairman of parents association of the abducted schoolgirls, said, “This is a welcome development and we are happy about it.
“Use of force, as the only option, will result in death of many of the girls while negotiation provides for their safe return.”
“The fact that the insurgents provide room for negotiation gives us hope for safe return of our daughters.”
Alhaji Ali Mohammed, a father of eight of the students, described negotiation as the only safe option for the insurgents to release the girls, saying he was happy ,“government has considering the option of negotiation”.
Malam Mustapha Imam, another parent, said, “If government had resorted to military option alone, it may jeopardize the safety of the girls, so the option of negotiation is a welcome development.”
He, however, called on government to take strong precautionary measures in safeguarding every school in the country, especially those in the Northeast.
“Government has to invest heavily on security, especially in equipment, manpower and intelligence gathering for improved security,” Imam said.
Alhaji Baba Shehu, Secretary Dapchi Youth Development Association, also described the negotiation option as a healthy development.
“Government should deploy resources at its disposal to take this advantage and ensure safe return of the girls” he said.
President Buhari had on Monday, while receiving US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said the federal government preferred the option of negotiation to rescue the abducted students.