Garba Shehu, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, has tendered an apology over his remark that only 10 students were abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state.
Shehu apology was contained in a post on his official social media pages on Friday.
Citynews Nigeria had reported how gunmen attacked the school on December 11 and abducted over 300 students.
They were, however, released on Thursday and arrived in Katsina on Friday.
While Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, had said over 300 students were missing after the attack, Shehu had claimed that some of the abducted students who escaped told the military that 10 of them were taken away by the gunmen.
The presidential spokesman, however, said he was sorry for the misleading information, adding that he did not mean to belittle the severity of the incident.
He beseeched the public public to accept his apology.
“I apologise for the incorrect communication citing that only 10 students were kidnapped at the science school, Kankara,” he wrote.
“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.”