Former President John Dramani Mahama has prayed for the safe return of the 110 girls abducted by Boko Haram militants.
The girls went missing after jihadists stormed their school in the town of Dapchi in the north-eastern Yobe state on 19 February.
President Muhammadu Buhari said it was a “national disaster” and apologised to the girls’ families.
The attack has revived memories of the Chibok schoolgirl abduction in 2014.
Adding his voice to several people who have already commented on the issue, the former President wrote on Twitter Monday morning that “Not again! Boko Haram terrorist group abducts girls from school in Dapchi Village, Yobe State. We pray with Nigeria for their safe recovery.
Not again! Boko Haram terrorist group abducts girls from school in Dapchi Village, Yobe State. We pray with Nigeria for their safe recovery.
— John Dramani Mahama (@JDMahama) February 25, 2018
Dapchi, which is about 275km (170 miles) north-west of Chibok, came under attack last Monday, causing students and teachers from the Government Girls Science and Technical College to flee into the surrounding bush.
Residents say that Nigeria’s security forces, backed by military jets, later repelled the attack.
Authorities initially denied the students had been kidnapped, saying they were hiding from their attackers.
But they later admitted that 110 girls were missing after the attack.