The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said unlike the slow response of the Jonathan administration to the kidnap of Chibok girls in April 2014, the current regime responded quickly to the abduction of over 100 girls from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the editors’ plaza by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) in Abuja, on Thursday, March 1, the minister said the government had deployed over 200 hours of air search for the Dapchi girls, The Nation reports.
He said the counter terrorism operation of the Buhari administration has limited the insurgents to cowardly acts of bombing soft spots and kidnapping.
Lai Mohammed made the statement on the backdrop of comments by a former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, who asked why Mohammed had lost his voice on the abduction of Dapchi girls unlike in 2014 when he took swipes at the Jonathan administration over Chibok girls abduction.
Faulting Akpabio’s comments, Mohammed said it was wrong to compare apple with orange on the Buhari’s administration’s approach to the abduction of Dapchi girls.
He said: “Now, don’t compare orange with apple. When Chibok girls were kidnapped it took the PDP government 18 full days to admit that the girls were kidnapped. This time we swung into action within 24 hours. And as I speak today I have been to Yobe State twice, the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Chief of Army Staff and the Chief of Air Staff have been there.
“As of yesterday (Wednesday) we deployed over 200 hours of air search for the girls. Our appeal to the media today is to solicit for their support. We are now in trying times, it does not matter who is involved, we seek your support. We are not saying don’t criticize us but be very fair and do it in context.
“It is so easy to forget that less than three years ago, 20 out of 27 local government areas in Borno State were under the control of Boko Haram. It easy to forget that in 2013 and 2014 Boko Haram insurgents were strolling into Abuja. They attacked United Nations office and the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja.
“But today we have been able to limit them to their cowardly act of bombing soft spots and kidnapping. Achieving this feat is not a small thing.”