- Lai Mohammed says insinuations that the abduction and release of Kankara school children was stage-managed is baseless
- According to him, why would the government want to kidnap her own innocent children
- Going further, the minister said many bad actors in the country would have wanted the crises not to have been resolved quickly
The federal government has described as senseless the claim in certain quarters that the abduction of some students from a boarding school in Kankara, Katsina state, and their release was stage-managed.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissed the claim on Saturday when he featured on a special edition of the Nigeria Television Authority programme, “Good Morning Nigeria’’
The special edition of the usual weekday programme dedicated to the rescue of the 344 school boys abducted from their school on Dec. 11 in Kankara was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Reacting to the claim, the minister said it does not make sense for any administration to stage-manage abduction of students or any of its citizens.
“What precisely does government want to achieve? Is it to prove the deficiency of the military or what. In the case of Dapchi, we had all kinds of bizarre theories.
“Many naysayers would have loved the incident to linger and become the igniting rod for their attacks
“Otherwise, how do we describe the spurious organisation like the Bring Back Our Boys that emerged within a few days of the capture of the students.
“Within a few days of the abduction, the so called organisation had moved to Katsina.
“When you have a situation like this, naysayers who are bent at bringing down the government, will come up with all kinds of theories that do not make sense.
The minister admonished politicians and other interest groups to stop politicising and commercialising issues of security and national tragedy.
Mohammed noted that it was disappointing that days after the Kankara boys were abducted, some political groups had come to Abuja distributing vests and placing banners all over the streets.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education reacted over the abduction and eventual release of hundreds of students from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara local government area of Katsina state.
Speaking on Channels TV, she said there is a problem President Muhammadu Buhari needs to address, saying the countries around the world think Nigeria is a joke.
Legit.ng gathered that Ezekwesili said that the country should not be taken for a ride by the president and his government.
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