Minister of information says Buhari’s administration not overwhelmed by insecurity


The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is not overwhelmed by the security challenges of Nigeria.

The minister made this known in response to a statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who alleged that Nigerians are no longer safe anywhere in the country and that the Buhari administration is overwhelmed by insecurity.

Speaking on Monday during a television interview in Lagos, Mohammed said the military and other security personnel are doing their best and have recorded successes in the fight against terrorism.

“I believe that all right-thinking Nigerians must know that we have a situation that has overwhelmed the present administration, but we should not allow that situation to overwhelm Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.

However, Lai Mohammed said that in spite of the security challenges, the military and other security personnel were doing their best and have recorded successes in their fight against terrorism.

“We must give kudos to our military; you know that we are not fighting a conventional war but terrorism, hence the need for everyone to support the security agencies so as to win over the menace.

“The Federal Government has also given the military the enabling environment to continue in the fight against terrorism and banditry,’’ he said.

Mohammed also disclosed that the FG will install security gadgets on railway tracks to ensure adequate surveillance.

“The Federal Government is working toward ensuring that such incident does not reoccur.

“One of the things that the government wants to do is to fast-track the installation of a surveillance and monitoring system, not just on the Abuja-Kaduna rail track.

“But also on the Lagos-Ibadan and Warri-Itakpe rail tracks to ensure that at any given time we will be able to monitor from the control room,’’ he said.

He further revealed that security agencies are battling unconventional warfare as insecurity escalates in the country.

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