Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari acted smartly in handling the abduction of some students in Dapchi in Borno State and Kankara in Katsina state.
In a piece on Friday titled, ‘Enemies Of The Country Will Lose Las Las’, the presidential aide also knocked the government of President Goodluck Jonathan for not handling the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls very well. He noted that the Buhari government
Naija News recalls that on April 14, 2014, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Chibok Secondary school in Borno State and abducted 276 schoolgirls from the school. Months after, 164 girls were rescued by the Nigerian Military. Also in Dapchi, some students were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
On December 11, unknown gunmen had abducted over 300 schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State. However, the schoolboys were released after six days in captivity.
Drawing a comparison between the three incidents, Adesina applauded the Buhari government for quickly rescuing the schoolboys compared to his predecessor.
He wrote: “Now, while there are similitudes between Chibok, Dapchi, and Kankara, the significant difference is the response by the different governments in power. When Chibok occurred, the then Goodluck Jonathan-led government demurred. They balked. They said no abduction happened, and that it was an attempt at negative propaganda by the then party in opposition, the All Progressives Congress, to get power.
“By the time government wisened up, the abductors had gone far, and the trail was cold. They couldn’t recover the girls, not until the Buhari government came a year later, and a large chunk of the hapless abductees were brought back. Some are still unaccounted for till today.”
Adesina further stated, “When Dapchi happened some years later, the Buhari government behaved differently. It swung into action, went after the abductors, and through a combination of deft factors, the girls were brought back. Except Leah Sharibu.
“With Kankara on our hands, despite the strident cacophony of the market, President Buhari kept his cool, and went to work. And the needful was done. The boys were recovered after about six days in captivity.”
He also condemned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for instigating the #BringBackOurBoys campaigners, and using the incident to attack the Buhari government,
Adesina said while Kankara boys were still in captivity, the campaigners had printed ten million T-Shirts and were warming up for a mass protest to remove the All Progressives Congress (APC) from power. He, however, mocked the campaigners after the release of the Kankara boys.
“If #Bring Back Our Girls brought down a People’s Democratic Party government, then #Bring Back our Boys must also undo the APC government,” he wrote, adding that the #BringBackOurBoys campaigners “lost their voices particularly on social media” when the boys were released.
“They vanished after the boys were released. But instead of admitting final defeat, instead of throwing up their hands in surrender, saying that this government was smarter than they thought, they became like Janus, the mythical creature with two faces, and began to speak from two different mouths,” he added.