Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has stated that the Nigerian government is winning the war against terrorism and every other form of insecurity in the country. ayokinews.com reports
Lai Mohammed, made this known during an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Speaking on the government’s progress in the fight against insecurity, the minister recalled how the some communities were under the full control of the terrorists before 2015 but with the timely and relentless efforts of the military, those communities have now been reclaimed from the insurgents.
Lai Mohammed, further attributed the various successes recorded in the fight against terror by the security agencies to the Nigerian government, who made proper provisions through the acquisition of sophisticated firearms.
The minister said, “There is no doubt about the fact that the government is winning the war against the terrorists. A few years ago, when we came into power in 2015; of the 20 local government areas in Borno, about 13 were under the effective control of Boko Haram.
“On December 5, 2015, we travelled to Bama, Konduga, Kaure and Maiduguri. The distance from Maiduguri to Bama is about 78 kilometers, but no single vehicle was on the road. It was like a suicide mission. The week after we left, a commander was killed on the same route. When we got to Bama, of the over 6,000 houses in Bama; not one was standing. They had all been bombed by Boko Haram.
He continued, “Today, go to Bama and see for yourselves. And when we went in 2015, you couldn’t travel more than a few kilometers outside Maiduguri metropolis. So, there is no doubt in my mind that we are winning. And if is further evidence; thousands of insurgents that are surrendering speak volumes. We were in Maiduguri two weeks ago for another very successful town hall meeting where all stakeholders were in attendance like the traditional rulers, the military, police and CSOs.
”The governor confirmed that the heightened assaults and attacks by the military had led to the surrender of many insurgents. And again, the military has recently acquired more platforms and these are making life difficult for the terrorists. That’s why any time they make an attempt, they are being repelled fiercely. There is no doubt in our minds that the Federal Government is winning the war, very very much.’’