The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has taken a swipe on some Nigerians who have started agitating for the release of about 344 schoolboys abducted at the Government Secondary Scholl Kankara, Katsina State.
Recall that the schoolboys had since been rescued by the Katsina State government after a fruitful negotiation facilitated by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.
Addressing newsmen on Friday in Abuja, the minister described as shameful how these Nigerians could go “as far as denigrating their government and country in the most uncouth and irresponsible manner”.
According to him, “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, therefore, said that the release of these school boys is a testament to the importance the President Muhammadu Buhari led 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 ChristChurch, New Zealand.
“I have given these instances to support the fact that no nation, no matter how powerful, is immune to security challenges,” the minister added.