Group Captain Sadeeq Shehu, a retired senior officer of the Nigerian Air Force, has advised the Federal Government and authorities in Katsina on the rescue of the schoolboys, who were abducted on Friday.
He warned against the use of force in the bid to rescue the students and recommended negotiation as the first step.
Gunmen suspected to be bandits, on Friday night, invaded Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, a Local Government Area in Katsina State, with hundreds of students missing in the process.
Shehu, who is an adjunct professor at the George Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany, gave the advice during an appearance on Channels Television programme, Sunday Politics.
“As we are going into the rescue operation, I would like to sympathise with the people that are involved and also to commiserate with the security officers and at the same time, to sound a warning, in all honesty, I am not completely comfortable when I heard that there was an exchange of fire,” he said.
The security expert explained, “In a situation where you have children that are still with the hostages, and it is not even in a confined space … this is inside the forest, I think the idea of exchanging fire with people who are still holding our children should be properly thought about.
“There could be a lot of risks in that. When you have hostages with any criminal or any abductor, I think the first issue will be a negotiation.”