By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has insisted that the Federal Government was not overwhelmed by the rising level of insecurity in the country.
Mohammed, who spoke at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, also claimed that the government and its security agencies have the personnel and firepower to crush all criminal elements threatening the peace of Nigeria.
He said, “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.”
The minister’s comments come at a time when many Nigerians, and even lawmakers, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek foreign aid to tackle the insecurity crisis in the nation.