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The Nigerian government has said that the incessant insecurity in the country is being deliberately fuelled by some malcontent so as to trigger full fletch chaos across the land.
Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
“The truth is that the insecurity in some parts of the country is not organic, so to say. Some unpatriotic and disgruntled elements are definitely catalyzing them. But these people do not constitute the critical mass that can influence the course of our country’s history, and we must not cede the space to them.
Nigerians must be forthcoming with information that can lead to the arrest and prosecution of these anarchists. Security is the business of all.” He said.
The Minister also revealed that such pattern of attack fits into the growing pattern of inexplicable and anarchical acts by some malcontents, who seem bent on triggering chaos across the land.
The Minister however said that the Federal Government is resolutely tackling the insecurity in the country and I promised that the situation will improve drastically in the days ahead.
“Our security agencies, acting on the directives of Mr. President, are taking concrete actions that will significantly reduce the level of insecurity nationwide, and citizens will feel the impact of the security agencies’ actions in the days ahead.”
The Minister further stated that the attack on the police headquarters and a correction facility, in which hundreds of inmates were freed, in Imo State on Monday is most unfortunate, dastardly, condemnable and unacceptable.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed also called on all Nigerians to support the Nigerian troops and to continue to remember them in their prayers.
“This is the least we can do to show appreciation to these patriots. Federal Government condoles with the Nigerian Air Force on the disappearance of one of its fighter jets involved in the war against insurgency.
“While we await word from the Air Force on the ongoing search and rescue efforts, this development has once again accentuated the huge sacrifices being made by our men and women in uniform to keep our country safe and to make sure we sleep well at night.”
“Every day, these valiant men and women put their lives on the line, in the ultimate act of sacrifice and patriotism, for the sake of our nation. When they leave their homes, there is no guarantee they will return. Yet, they soldier on! This is one of the reasons why we launched a national campaign to seek support for our military and other security agencies in February 2019.”
The Minister also decried some comments and commentaries making the rounds on social media.
“I have read, especially on the social media, some dead-enders who are gloating at the disappearance of the NAF aircraft. This is abhorrent and condemnable, and couldn’t have come from trueborn Nigerians. No patriotic citizen will denigrate his or her country’s military for fighting to protect the nation’s territorial integrity and ensuring peace and security.