The Federal Government has appealed to the world powers not to be weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country vital platforms and weapons to fight insecurity.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the appeal on Thursday when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.“I want to use this opportunity to say that the international community can help us better than they are doing right now.
“To fight terrorists we need platforms and weapons.“When the international community is weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country of vital platforms and weapons to fight insucurity, you cannot turn round to accuse the country of not fighting terrorism,’ he said.The minister buttress the claim, saying “cretain world powers have refused to even sell to us certain vital weapons.
“People should recognize the fact that today, people have weaponized the issues of religion and ethnicity.“We are dealing with extremely unreasonable people, whether in the northwest or in the northeast.“They should not forget that we are fighting a nonconventional war and at the same time, these people have contacts everywhere,” he said.
Mohammed said besides kinetic deployment, the government is equally using a non-kinetic approach to tackle insecurity like the economy and social intervention programs meant to empower and engage the youths.