From Victor Usula, Abuja
Senato Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation
From Victor Osula, Abuja
The federal government has again reassured Nigerians that it has taken the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of all lives and properties in the country, especially young school children, who have recently become targets of kidnappers in the northern part of the country
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, after he had a closed-doors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Minister had over the weekend relayed President Buhari’s assurance that the abduction of more than 300 girls from Government Girls’ Science Secondary School (GGSSS), Jangebe, Zamfara State, would be the last of such incidents in the country.
He spoke when he was in Zamfara on Sunday, when he led a high-powered federal government delegation to the state to assess the development and sympathise with the government and people of the state.
Responding to questions on the seriousness of the government with its decision, Minister said :”To answer your question that those who do not mean well for the country, they can try to do it to embarrass government, by government saying it will be the last, by the grace of God. It’s a possibility, but what Mr. President is doing, and his government, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, has done everything possible to ensure safe schools.
“It has recently rejigged the national security architecture and it’s an ongoing exercise and everything that is possible to stop this, government is putting it in place, and by special grace of God, it should be the last this country will see.
“Yes, there may be a possibility that some people will try to do it to embarrass government, but government has the resources to continue to give the best in terms of security in this country. We think, and we hope, but especially by the grace of God, that this will be the last that we’ll see in this country”, he reiterated.
“Everything that is humanly possible by any government to put in place, to ensure security of lives and property, is being put together to ensure that this doesn’t happen. Like I said, it’s an ongoing thing and government is committed to it and will continue to do so”, he said.
“This issue of insecurity and the bombings that we have seeing started right here at the centre of Abuja. There were moments when there were security checkpoints everywhere you went. There were moments when you couldn’t go to work, we couldn’t farm. A city of 10 million people in Kano, their rode through the 10 million people and got to the Emir of Kano and shot him. an Emir that reigned for 50 years.
“They bombed the Central Mosque of Kano, a thousand people died. Those are things of the past. Security challenges are things that are all over the world, in every single country. All the way to recent happenings that we’re seeing in the US and UK and everywhere.
“You can get mugged on the streets in the UK, you can get slaughtered also, but the important thing is, is government doing something? Yes, it is? Is government committed? Truly, it is committed.
“Don’t forget, the present President could be a civilian President, but he’s a true Commander-in-Chief and he had been there before and he’s doing his best. I am sure if you’ll do justice to this government, you’ll say it is do much better than it was before”, he said.