We’ll remain at mercy of terrorists,unless…- Lai Mohammed

We’ll remain at mercy of terrorists,unless…- Lai Mohammed

 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.

“For instance, Nigeria had made attempts to acquire better and more effective platforms to deal with terrorists and for one reason or the other we have been denied these platforms; these weapons and without adequate platforms, we will remain at the mercy of terrorists.

“But you see fighting terrorists is not a joke, because what actually happened in Borno state was quite unfortunate.

“You see you must be able to look at the terrorists; you see terrorists also use media and publicity as oxygen, when they go on this kind of mindless killing of innocent people.”

Mohammed noted that it wasn’t that government was not doing enough, but, when it is believed that a terrorist group was finished, it would suddenly spring back to life.

He said to make matters worse, “A dying terrorist group will suddenly spring to life, it does not that the government is not doing enough, terrorism in Africa and any other place in the world has the same concept; you have a group of people who are extremists in their thoughts, who don’t believe that we and you should be alive.”

Read the full story in Daily Independent

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  1. From the day, Nigeria technically defeated Boko Haram, I should think that peace has finally returned to our dear native land. Instead of congratulating Chad and her military for dealing a deadly blow on Boko Haram, and giving their Head of State, the right hand of fellowship and cooperation, our government was cold and only Allah knew what their true State of mind was. Six Nigerians were convicted in far away middle East, for sponsoring Boko Haram, our government is still silent on it. Even those made public treasonable statement to the effect that an attack on Boko Haram was an attack on the North were not even invited for questioning. Bihari should please show us your commitment through your word and action. Claiming that insurgency is a pandemic is not enough. Whose agenda it is to destabilize the whole world. Is it a religious war? Tell us more.

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