The Federal Government has said kidnapping of students is not a Nigerian malaise.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this on Monday while he featured on Channels Television’s live broadcast programme, noting even developed nations, including the United States also experience school kidnapping.
He said: “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.
“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," he said.
According to the Minister, the government would not pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State, adding the government was employing both kinetic and non-kinetic means to ensure their release.