The Federal Government has reacted to the issues of widespread insecurity in the nation and the latest killing of 43 farmers in Borno State by insurgents.
Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed while speaking to journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital says terrorism is a global issue and the Federal Government needs support from global forces for sophisticated weapons to successfully combat terrorism.
“Terrorism is a global issue and there is no part of the world that is not experiencing these pockets of terrorism. I am glad that you heard from the governor himself that the Federal Government has assisted a lot in curbing the insecurity in Benue State.
“We also need more support from global partners. For instance, Nigeria has made attempt to acquire better and effective platforms to deal with terrorists. But for one reason or the other, we have been denied. And without adequate platforms and weapons we remain at the mercy of terrorists,” the Minister said.
The minister described the insurgency attack in Borno which led to the death of 43 farmers as unfortunate and reiterated the federal government’s commitment to combating insurgency in the country.
“What happened in Borno State was quite unfortunate but we must also be able to look at the strategy of the terrorists. Terrorists use media and publicity as oxygen.
“When they go on the mindless killing of innocent people, it is like a dying terrorist group which suddenly spring back to life. This doesn’t mean that the Federal Government is not doing well enough.”
Even though there has been conflicting reports about the number of casualties in the attack, the military confirmed that 43 farmers were killed on Saturday morning in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists.
The farmers were waylaid on their way to their rice farms which they were harvesting before the surprise attack happened.