Kankara schoolboys abduction not staged managed——FG


 The Federal Government has debunked claims in certain quarters describing it as senseless that the abduction of some schoolboys at the Government Boys Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State was stage-managed.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissed the claim on Saturday when he was  featured as a guest on a special edition of the Nigeria Television Authority program, “Good Morning Nigeria’’

The special edition of the program was dedicated to the rescue of the 344 schoolboys abducted by bandits but were later released a few days later.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack.

In his reaction,  the minister said it does not make sense for any administration to stage-manage the abduction of students or any of its citizens.

“What precisely does the 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.

“You have to be in government to know how many sleepless nights the president, ministers, and head of security outfits spent until the matter is resolved,’’ he said.

Mohammed said many wished for the situation to linger, but were disappointed when the situation was resolved quickly  like that of Dapchi.

He said: “Many naysayers would have loved the incident to linger and become the igniting rod for their attacks

“Otherwise, how do we describe the spurious organization 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 organization 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.

“Dapchi abduction was in 2018, how come two years down the lane, nobody has come out to tell us how it was stage-managed?”

The minister admonished politicians and other interest groups to stop politicizing and commercializing issues of security and national tragedy.

“In times of crisis and tragedy, people normally come together to address the issue.

“It is not a time to politicize and even trade or commercialize the misery and tragedy of a nation.

“We can have our differences but when it comes to issues of security, we should come together and fight it,’’ he said.

The minister noted with disappointment that days after the students were abducted, some political groups had come to Abuja distributing vests and placing banners all over the streets.

He stressed that times of national crisis such as the kidnapping of children should not be used to denigrate the military, adding that people should come together to proffer solutions rather than complicating issues with their comments and actions.