Buhari had sleepless nights over Katsina abductions – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said on Saturday that President Muhammadu Buhari, ministers and service chiefs had sleepless nights over the abduction of hundreds of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.

The minister stated this when he featured on a special edition of the Nigeria Television Authority programme Good Morning Nigeria.

He also described as “senseless” the claim in certain quarters that the release of the students was stage-managed.

“What precisely does government want to achieve? Is it to prove the deficiency of the military or what?” he said.

“In the case of Dapchi, we had all kinds of bizarre theories.

“You have to be in government to know how many sleepless nights the president, ministers and head of security outfits spent until the matter is resolved.”

Mohammed said many people were disappointed that the Kankara abduction was resolved so fast just like that of Dapchi.

He said: “Many naysayers would have loved the incident to linger and become the igniting rod for their attacks

“Otherwise, how do we describe the spurious organisation like the Bring Back Our Boys that emerged within a few days of the capture of the students.

“Within a few days of the abduction, the so called organisation had moved to Katsina.

“When you have a situation like this, naysayers who are bent at bringing down the government, will come up with all kinds of theories that do not make sense.

“Dapchi abduction was in 2018, how come two years down the lane, nobody has come out to tell us how it was stage-managed?”

The minister admonished politicians and other interest groups to stop politicising and commercialising issues of security and national tragedy.