The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed commented on statement credited to him in 2015, that the Boko Haram terrorists group have been technically defeated.
The Minister insist that Boko Hara has been technically defeated under President Buhari’s government.
He said: “I stand by what I said in 2015 that Boko Haram is technically defeated.
According to Information Minister; “What we are having today is global terrorism where you have the ISIS, ISWAP Al-qaeda all working together.
“Terrorism is a global issue. Between 2009 and 2015 we were fighting Boko Haram, but today we are fighting global terrorism where the remnants of the Army in Syria are now joining hands with the ISWAP and others,” he said.
Mohammed said his position in 2015 that Boko Haram had been technically defeated was based on what he saw on ground when he led a team of local and international journalists to the epicentre of insurgency in 2015.
“I was on ground in Bama, Konduga and Maiduguri and I know what I saw before I made that claim.
“We are fighting global terrorism and that is why we are appealing to our foreign partners, especially the UN and our neighbours.
“By the time we get more platforms and the new helicopters that are being expected there will be tremendous improvement.
He said this at the at the newspaper’s head office as his normal routine of engaging the print media to continue to support the government under the leadership of Buhari and fight against fake news and hate speeches.
His word: “Fake news and hate speech pose imminent threat to the survival of the nation’s existence.
“The purveyors of Siamese twins of evil must be checkmated and government will continue to engage to end the menace.
“We expect you to remain in the vanguard of the efforts to tackle fake news and hate speech.
“We expect you to educate our people on the efforts being made, especially by the government, in this regard.
“This administration has no intention of muzzling the media or stifling free speech.