Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has opened up about the insurgency and banditry in Nigeria as he said that the Federal government is working seriously on how to tackle the issue of insecurity in the country.
The Minister disclosed this during a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, May 11. He said that Federal government knows exactly where the terrorists are but is doing everything possible in handling them to avoid collateral damage.
Lai Mohammed further labeled insinuations that government was clueless as unfounded, stating that the outcome of government’s efforts would soon become bare.
“It is no longer news that our dear nation is facing security challenges. However, I have read comments saying the Federal Government is overwhelmed and doesn’t have a clue as to how to tackle the challenges. Some have even gone as far as suggesting a truncation of the democratic order, a clearly treasonable stance.
“Well, I am here today to assure all Nigerians that while the government acknowledges the security challenges we face at this time, from terrorism to kidnapping, banditry and farmer-herder conflict, it is definitely not overwhelmed and indeed it has the wherewithal, as you will see in the days ahead, to confront the challenges headlong and restore law and order, peace and security”, Lai Mohammed said.
The Minister also added that the federal government indeed knew the various locations of the kidnappers, but in other to avoid civilian casualties, the security agency are being careful.
“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically-elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.
“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges,” he added.
Lai Mohammed also lamented that the recent attacks on security agencies in some parts of the country were simply a declaration of war.