Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu’s administration will do all the things potential to forestall a repeat of faculty abductions.
The minister said this on Friday throughout a press briefing following the discharge of the Kankara Schoolboys.
Hundreds of scholars had been final week kidnapped from a college in Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State.
They had been launched yesterday (Thursday) with the intervention of the state governor Aminu Masari and the army.
Mr Lai in a press release stated, “Let me state here that the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will do everything possible to prevent a recurrence of these school abductions.
“But we also make bold to say that we have moved with speed and determination each time we have faced the challenge of school abductions and the results attest to this”.
The minister additionally pledged to make sure that the Federal Government is not going to relent till the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and Dapchi schoolgirls are reunited with their households.
“Each time this has happened, we have always accepted responsibility, rather than being in denial.
“And that has made all the difference in whether or not the abducted school children have been recovered. We will not relent until all those who remain missing in Chibok and Dapchi and reunited with their families”, he added.
Read Full Statement Below
TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF
INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, IN ABUJA ON FRIDAY, 18
Gentlemen of the press, good afternoon, and thanks for honouring
our invitation regardless of the brief discover.
2. As you’re conscious, 344 faculty boys who had been kidnapped from their
faculty in Kankara in Katsina State final Friday have all been launched
unhurt. They will bear obligatory medical assessments earlier than they’re
launched to their households.
3. The Federal Government is most grateful to our safety and
intelligence companies for this nice feat. We additionally want to thank the
governments of Katsina and Zamfara states, and certainly all Nigerians
and pals of Nigeria.
4. Let me be clear: What occurred in Kankara – and in Chibok and
Dapchi earlier than it – is completely unacceptable. Our kids shouldn’t
need to go to high school in trepidation. The Federal Government is doing
all the things potential to safe all our colleges, and certainly all
Nigerians. And we is not going to relent till all Nigerians can go to mattress at
night time with their two eyes closed.
5. The launch of those faculty boys is a testomony to the significance
that this Administration attaches to the safety and security of all
Nigerians. There is not any authorities on this planet that won’t face the
challenges of safety at one time or one other. No authorities within the
world is proof against terrorist assaults. What stands any authorities out
is the best way and method it responds to such challenges.
6. For instance, faculty taking pictures has been a recurring problem within the
United States. Between 2010 and 2020, virtually 200 faculty kids had been
killed and plenty of extra injured in numerous faculty taking pictures incidents.
Needless to say that the world’s strongest nation suffered a
tragic terrorist assault in September 2001 that claimed virtually 3,000
lives. In France, between 2010 and 2020, 286 individuals had been killed in
numerous terrorist incidents. And in New Zealand, in March 2019, 49 individuals had been
killed in shootings at two mosques in ChristChurch, New Zealand. I
have given these situations to help
the truth that no nation, regardless of how highly effective, is proof against safety
7. Back right here in Nigeria, the kidnapping of the Kankara faculty boys
marked the second of its form below this Administration, coming after
the unlucky abduction of 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, in
February 2018. Just like the excellent news from Kankara, all however one in all
the kidnapped faculty women in Dapchi had been rescued unhurt. And in
2014, 276 faculty women had been kidnapped by terrorists in Chibok, Borno
State, out of which 112 stay in captivity after this Administration
rescued over 100 of the varsity women.
8. Let me state right here that the Administration of President Muhammadu
Buhari will do all the things potential to forestall a recurrence of those
faculty abductions. But we additionally make daring to say that we now have moved
with velocity and willpower every time we now have confronted the problem of
faculty abductions, and the outcomes attest to this. Each time this has
occurred, we now have all the time accepted accountability, quite than being in
denial. And that has made all of the distinction in whether or not or not the
kidnapped faculty kids have been recovered. We is not going to relent till
all those that stay lacking in Chibok and Dapchi and reunited with
9. Irrespective of the safety challenges that we, as a nation, might
be dealing with at the moment, they aren’t insurmountable. We can solely
attraction to those that are fast to politicize the problem of safety to
desist from such. The reactions in sure quarters to the Kankara
incident was shameful. Some Nigerians went so far as denigrating their
authorities and nation in probably the most uncouth and irresponsible method.
They merely threw decorum to the wind and allowed their feelings to
take a greater a part of them. When disasters and tragedies strike,
individuals come collectively. We hope the naysayers have learnt their classes.
And we hope those that have began buying and selling and politicking with the
hashtag ‘BringBackOurBoys’ can now go dwelling, as our boys have been introduced
again, even earlier than their doubtful marketing campaign might take off.
10. We congratulate the mother and father and guardians of the 344 boys from
Kankara, who will quickly reunite with their kids and wards. We
congratulate the federal government and other people of Katsina state, and certainly
all Nigerians. Once once more, we thank all our dedicated and patriotic
safety and intelligence companies.
11. I thanks all to your form consideration. I’ll now take your questions