Terrorists target schools of vulnerable children for abduction only to embarrass the government and dent the nation's image, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says.
Mohammed, who featured on a Special Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria, stated that the attacks on the vulnerable were deliberate so as to attract global concerns.
He said, “These are all terrorists who want to embarrass the government and catch the attention of the entire world.
“The psychology is to inflict the most serious damage on the credibility of a country, giving the impression that if you cannot protect the most vulnerable in the country, such government is incompetent.’’
Mohammed while reacting to the abduction of 344 Kankara schoolboys and 80 Islamic school studentin Katsina State as well as 110 schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe, in 2018 commended the security and intelligence agencies for their promptness, teamwork, and professionalism which helps in ensuring the rescue of the victims
He also noted that no country in the world is immune to terrorist attacks.
“The US with its entire technology and intelligence prowess could not avert the 9/11 which cost almost 2,000 lives.
“With all its acclaimed security expertise, the US could not save almost 200 children killed and injured in various school shooting incidents between 2010 and today.
“The MH13, which is a militant group cult group based in Los Angeles, has been tormenting the US for decades.
“France has lost about 289 people to terrorists between 2010 and today.
“Only recently, in March 2019, 49 people were shot dead in shootings at two mosques in ChristChurch in New Zealand,’’ he said.
The minister also boosted that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), administration met the Boko Haram and banditry challenges adding that the government’s approach in tackling insecurity in the country was better and more effective than any previous administration.
“In 2014 when a similar abduction happened in Chibok, Borno State, the government then took three whole weeks before any meaningful action was taken.
“The parents of the victims were blamed at a time when they said they did not cooperate by giving the names, addresses, ages and sex to help in the rescue mission.
“On our part, we did not wait for that; we were bold, focused and went straight into action to rescue the children,’’ he said.