The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is safe in Daura, Katsina State, the Defence Headquarters, said on Wednesday.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who disclosed this, stated that the bandits activities did not threatened the security of the President in his home state.
The defence coordinator while featuring on Arise TV’s The Morning Show, said the President’s safety is guaranteed in his home town.
He said, “One of the major tasks of the Armed Force of Nigeria is to ensure the protection of government and state actors and in that regard, the Commander-In-Chief is very safe in Katsina and anywhere that he is or will be at all times.”
While dismissing reports that the terrorist group, Boko Haram, was responsible for the schoolboys’ abduction, Enenche said military operations are ongoing to ensure the release of the abducted schoolboys.
The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had on Tuesday in a recording, said the abduction was done to discourage people from obtaining western education.
Enenche reacting to the claim by the terror group, said, “On the basis of the characteristics of terrorists all over the world from the time of Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al-Shabaab, all of them, wherever they will boost their ego or show relevance, that is what they will do.
“What did they even do? Somebody spoke on audio and said, ‘I am Shekau.’ Shekau on a secondary note is a brand. All that needs to be done is somebody using his voice. The total aim of terrorists is to instill fear into people even beyond their scope of influence.
“So, it is easy for the layman to agree that it is them (Boko Haram) because even if it is kidnappers or armed robbers, their aim is to instill fear and kill.”
Enenche, however, appealed to the parents of the abducted students to “have short patience” with the military forces.
Adding that “With what the military is doing, by the grace of Almighty God, very soon, the children will be back,” he said.
He also called for more cooperation by all stakeholders and the people of Katsina State to ensure the released of the schoolboys without any record of casualty.
On Friday night, bandits stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, by and kidnapped over 300 schoolboys after a gun duel with the police.
It was also reported that Buhari had arrived in the state the same day for a week-long private visit –hours before the abduction took place.