Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has declared that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the federal government is fully in charge of the nation’s security.
He added that no one should be fooled that bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, and other criminals have overwhelmed the government’s ability to secure the nation.
This is as he boasted that the government and security agencies have the capacity to crush the bandits and other criminals causing insecurity in Nigeria.
Naija News reports Mohammed made the submission during a press conference on Tuesday where he reacted to suggestions that the government is overwhelmed and doesn’t have a clue on how to tackle the security challenges facing the nation.
The Minister noted that while the government recognizes the enormous security challenges facing the nation, it also has the capacity to defeat all forms of insecurity confronting Nigeria regardless of the name by which it is called.
“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,” Mohammed declared.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has disclosed that an investigation has been opened into the alleged killing of a watermelon seller in Zamfara State by one of its personnel.
It was gathered that trouble started after the soldier refused to pay for the goods he bought from the fruit seller which were worth N300.
The fruit seller, identified as Abdulkadir Musa, was shot dead after demanding the soldier make payment for the fruit he bought.
Reacting to the development, the Nigerian Army in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima said the killing of the fruit seller was regrettable and condemned.
Though he didn’t reveal the identity of the soldier involved in the saga, Yerima noted that the matter is already under investigation and justice will be served.
He also commiserated with the family of the dead fruit seller.
Source: Naija News