Nigeria’s junior Minister for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has made an attempt to defend the military over false reports that it had rescued most of the school girls adopted by Boko Haram insurgents by saying communication has not been the best in the areas under the emergency rule in Nigeria.
The minister blamed poor communication for the false report.
He gave this explanation while speaking on the Monday edition of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television. He said that processing information has been made more difficult for the military and things must have been muddled up along the line, adding that the Army should be commended for admitting their error and apologizing, rather than condemned.
The minister went on to blame the society at large for the false report, saying that if the security agencies do not get the quality of support they require from the rest of the society, they would helpless.
He stated that the Boko Haram sect having switched their terror activities to soft targets like schools and motor parks is a situation which reflects that there had been progress in the fight against the terrorists and also meant that better care should have been given to such soft targets.
He said that the reason why the school was opened while all schools in Borno State were supposed to be closed also demanded explanation from the State Government, as he believed that the girl could have been relocated to a safer region to write their exams.
The Minister also said that some of the comments coming from the State Government have also not helped the situation of insecurity. “We can play politics but don’t play politics with the lives of the people”, he said.
He asked for more cooperation from the State Governments in the North, particularly demanding that communication from both authorities should be in tandem with the Federal Government’s efforts and should be about cooperation between both tiers of Government.