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We can’t turn our schools into barracks because of kidnapping – Info Minister replies critics

* Says kidnappings not peculiar to Nigeria

MINISTER of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has restated that government is doing its level best to secure the release of the abducted staff and student of Government Science College, Kagara.

He noted that the government is using both kinetic and non-kinetic measures to secure their release insisting that no ransom will be paid to make to the abductors.

The minister stated this on Monday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘News Night.’

He also faulted the advice in some quarters that government should deploy the military to schools in the North to forestall abduction of students.

Buttressing his point, Mohammed noted that fighting bandits and insurgents is not a conventional war as they don’t have “any rules of engagement”

He said, “We must be careful; we can’t turn all our schools into barracks. What is important is intelligence gathering, surveillance rather than the physical presence of the soldiers or policemen.

“We are dealing with people who don’t think like me and you, we are dealing with people who don’t have any rules of engagement, we are dealing with people whose motivation is completely different from mine and yours. And anywhere in the world, this is how terrorists operate but the most important thing is to learn from what is happening and adapt.”

The minister noted that the kidnapping of students is not a crime peculiar to Nigeria, adding that the most developed countries of the world including the United States also experience school kidnapping.

Alhaji Mohammed continued, “Even in the most developed countries of this world, school kidnapping takes place. Last year, in the US, we all witnessed three of four school kidnappings, and that is in probably one of the most developed countries in the world.

“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.”

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