Chief Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has noted that although the President did not visit Kankara in Katsina State; he was actively involved in the rescue efforts from Duara, his hometown.
Mohammed also added in a Press Conference in Abuja that the nation could have asked for foreign support in rescuing the boys if it was necessary.
When asked by the media why the President was not in Kankara, he said, “Yes, the president did not visit the town but he was busy coordinating the entire operations to ensure the safe return of the students within the fastest time possible.”
The minister also assured the nation that government was doing everything possible to make all schools conducive and safe for all Nigerians
Mohammed added, “The release of these schoolboys 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. For example, school shooting has been a recurring challenge in the United States. Between 2010 and 2020, almost 200 school children were killed and many more injured in various school shooting incidents.
“Needless to say that the world’s most powerful country suffered a tragic terrorist attack in September 2001 that claimed almost 3,000 lives. In France, between 2010 and 2020, 286 people were killed in various terrorist incidents. And in New Zealand, in March 2019, 49 people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand.
“I have given these instances to support the fact that no nation, no matter how powerful, is immune to security challenges.”