The Federal Government (FG) has lamented that the nation may remain at the mercy of Boko Haram terrorists unless it has access to weaponry, superior to that of insurgents.
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed disclosed this while speaking to newsmen at Government house, Makurdi shortly after he paid a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state on Monday.
Mohammed was in Benue to receive the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), which was officially handed over to the FG by Governor Ortom on Monday.
The Minister who was responding to the killing of 43 persons in Borno on Sunday pointed that efforts by the FG to access weaponry have been frustrated by foreign partners, thus making innocent people sittings ducks to terrorists attacks.
He lamented that while terrorists, world over were being financed globally to access weapons, he stressed that the FG was in dire need of weapons from global partners to effectively fight terrorism, which they were being denied.
Mohammed however noted that despite the challenge, the FG was committed to protecting lives and likelihood of Nigerians.
According to him, “When people talk about terrorism, they don’t seem to appreciate the fact that terrorism is not a local but a global issue and there is no part of the world that is not experiencing pockets of terrorism.
“We will never stop protecting lives and likelihood, but you must understand that we are also dealing with terrorists who are financed globally and we also need more support from global partners.