Former FCT Minister now national leader of the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, Lt-Gen. Jeremiah Useni (retd), has called for calm and support for the federal government as it seeks to explore the best option in rescuing the remaining 219 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram about five months ago.
Ge. Useni, who made the call yesterday while speaking to reporters at the National Executive Council meeting of the DPP in Abuja, said government had made it clear that the security agencies know where these girls are being held but will not rush into launching a rescue effort so as not to endanger the girls’ lives.
“What we need to do is to give the government time to do a proper job. It would amount to nothing if the security forces go to full scale battle in order to rescue the girls and end up losing them as it has become clear that these Boko Haram members are using them as shield”.
While speaking on the worsening security situation, DPP national chairman, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salili (retd), stated that “Nigeria is today witnessing a high level of insecurity… which is not only threatening the democratic enterprise but also the foundation of the Nigeria project”.
Salili, however, noted that had the DPP being in the saddle at this critical time in the history of the nation, it would have employed diplomacy in dealing with the situation and urged the federal government to use all resources at its disposal to crush the insurgents and restore peace and order to troubled spots.