Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Friday, December 18, apologised for claiming only 10 students were abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
Garba Shehu told the BBC Hausa Service that only 10 boys were with the bandits while the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, said 333 students were abducted when gunmen on motorcycles attacked the school last Friday.
However, Garba Shehu came under severe criticism for allegedly trivialising the number of abducted students.
The presidential aide stated he was misled by persons who should know better while apologising to all Nigerians over his comment.
He tweeted, “I apologise for the incorrect communication citing that only 10 students were kidnapped at the science school, Kankara.
“This communication of numbers was provided by persons that should ideally know. These numbers were seen to conflict with what was available at that time.
“Please understand that this communication was in no way done to downplay the seriousness of the situation.
“Please accept my sincere apologies on this matter as we continue to move our great Nation Nigeria forward. Thank you.”