The minister says since bandits and terrorists play by unconventional rules, there’s just so much government can do.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says it is impossible for soldiers and police officers to secure every school classroom, as a wave of school abductions sweeps across the country’s northern and central regions.
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, terrorists invaded the Government Science School, Kagara in Niger State and made away with 42 students and members of staff.
The Kagara abduction was the latest in a string of high profile attacks on schools in recent times, following the Chibok, Dapchi and Kankara abductions–underscoring just how unsafe schools have become for kids in Africa’s most populous nation.
“Even in the most developed countries in the world, school kidnappings take place. Last year in the United States, we all witnessed at least two or four school kidnappings. And that is in probably one of the most developed countries in the world,” Mohammed said during a ChannelsTV programme.
“The thing about terrorism is that the terrorists don’t live by your own rules and they are especially interested in soft targets. They know that what is going to get global attention is kidnapping school children and we can’t turn all our schools into barracks.
“What is important to me is intelligence gathering, surveillance, rather than the physical presence of the soldiers or policemen.