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CNN Journalist Blasts Buhari Over Dapchi Schoolgirls Kidnap


Cable News Network (CNN) anchorwoman and correspondent, Isha Sesay, is worried over the abduction of 110 schoolgirls in the Dapchi, Yobe State.

Yesterday, she engaged President Muhammadu Buhari in tweets over the abduction.

Buhari had recently described the attack on the school as a national disaster, but Sesay disagreed, describing the incident as a national disgrace.

In a series of tweets, Sesay faulted Buhari’s narrative, saying “ ‘national disaster’ doesn’t cut it. I’m taking ‘national disgrace’ which implies blame and responsibility.” According to her, it is an “understatement” to describe the incident as a disaster.

The journalist tweeted that the Yobe abduction was a reminder of a similar incident in Chibok, Borno State where over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in 2014.


“Lack of clarity surrounding #Yobe attack and whereabouts of #schoolgirls is enormously distressing. It feels like I’ve been taken back to 2014 #Chibok nightmare.

“I want to live in a world where the lives of the #DapchiGirls are held to be just as important as those of kids in other places, not a world where everyone is talking about schoolgirls being stolen by terrorists. Is that too much to ask?”

Some 110 girls were declared missing in the wake of an attack on the school in Dapchi last Monday by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Sesay, who covered the agitation for the release of the Chibok girls for CNN, lamented the recurrence of the incident in Yobe and urged the people and government of Nigeria to move against the wicked act.

“No parent should ever endure this. No government should be allowed to look away. Use your voice to demand action!” she tweeted.