By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Federal government has declared that release of the over 300 Kankara school boys in Katsina state on Thursday night was a testament to the importance that the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari attaches to the security and safety of all Nigerians.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who said this at a press conference in Abuja at the weekend, also appealed to those who are quick to politicize the issue of security to desist from such.
Alhaji Mohammed made it pointedly declared that there is no government in the world that will not face the challenges of security at one time or another, stressing that no government in the world is immune to terrorist attacks.
According to him, what stands any government out is the way and manner it responds to such challenges.
The Minister, who said that no ransome was paid for the the release of the Kankara school boys, said, “The release of these school boys is a testament to the importance that this Administration attaches to the security and safety of all Nigerians.
“There is no government in the world that will not face the challenges of security at one time or another.
“No government in the world is immune to terrorist attacks.
“What stands any government out is the way and manner it responds to such challenges.
“Let me be clear: What happened in Kankara – and in Chibok and Dapchi before it – is totally unacceptable.
“Our children should not have to go to school in trepidation.
“The Federal Government is doing everything possible to secure all our schools, and indeed all Nigerians. And we will not relent until all Nigerians can go to bed at night with their two eyes closed”, he said.
Continuing, Alhaji Mohammad said, “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. 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.
“Irrespective of the security challenges that we, as a nation, may be facing at this time, they are not insurmountable.
“We can only appeal to those who are quick to politicize the issue of security to desist from such.
“The reactions in certain quarters to the Kankara incident was shameful. Some Nigerians went as far as denigrating their government and country in the most uncouth and irresponsible manner.
‘They simply threw decorum to the wind and allowed their emotions to take a better part of them.
“When disasters and tragedies strike, people come together. We hope the naysayers have learnt their lessons.
“And we hope those who have started trading and politicking with the hashtag ‘BringBackOurBoys’ can now go home, as our boys have been brought back, even before their dubious campaign could take off”, the Minister said.