Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said on Wednesday that the insurgents would have achieved their goal of declaring the Islamic State in Nigeria had it not been for the decisive action taken by the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (at the retirement).
However, the minister, who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja, acknowledged that the current security situation, which in addition to banditry and kidnappings, poses a great challenge.
Citing the gains the insurgents were able to make before the current regime, he said: âIt’s easy to forget where we came from.
He said, however, that President Buhari would continue to provide quality leadership to ensure that security agencies decisively tackle the foot-and-mouth worm of insecurity.
According to him, âThe political regime has recently been inundated with intensified commentaries on the security situation in the country. The comment was sparked by genuine concern in some circles, and crude politics or sheer nonsense in others.
âSince taking office in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to make the issue of security a major part of his administration’s policy. This is no surprise, given that tackling insecurity is one of the three priority areas for the federal government led by APC.
âYes, the security situation continued to pose a great challenge, but amid the cacophony of voices – some genuinely concerned about the situation and others ready to exploit it for selfish ends – it is easy to tell. ‘forget where we came from. Today, we only look at the current situation, without wondering what it would have been if this President had not taken the bull by the horns, in terms of security.
“With the way the insurgents advanced before this administration took office, with their control of a vast territory the size of Belgium, with their freewheeling attacks in nearly a dozen states, including Federal Capital Territory which has been hit at least five times, they may have been able to achieve their goal of declaring an Islamic state in Nigeria had President Buhari not acted decisively. After all, in 2014, Boko Haram declared a caliphate in Gwoza after capturing Bama and Gamboru as well as other towns and villages in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. They set up their own emirs, collected taxes and raised their flag before the military dislodged them. .
âYes, banditry and kidnappings have exacerbated the state of insecurity, President Buhari also continued to provide quality leadership to ensure that our security agencies
fight against insecurity looper of any hue. No administration in recent Nigerian history has provided security agencies with the necessary equipment to tackle insecurity like that of President Buhari, in addition to boosting the morale of our security men and women. Just last week, the President commissioned an armada of boats and warships as part of the latest effort to strengthen our country’s maritime security.
The army, air force and police, among others, have also received modern equipment to strengthen their arsenal.
âThe Administration did not focus on kinetic measurements alone. Non-kinetic measurements have also been strengthened. The establishment of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to coordinate all humanitarian affairs in Nigeria is a major effort to fight poverty and reduce the number of people targeted for recruitment by insurgents and civilians. bandits. Of course, the massive and unprecedented investments by the federal government in infrastructure are also aimed at improving the socio-economic well-being of the nation and further reducing poverty, which is a major cause of insecurity.
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