- Information minister Lai Mohammed says Nigerian security agencies have never let their guard down
- He noted that it was normal for security agencies to increase alertness level during festivals like Xmas and New Year
- He also noted that although the degraded insurgents will be looking for soft targets, security agencies will be waiting for them
The federal government of Nigeria has assured citizens of adequate protection as security measures have been put in place to block any terror attack in the capital Abuja and other parts of the country.
According to the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed in a statement released in Abuja on Sunday, December 3, the security system in the Federal Capital Territory is on high alert.
Mohammed said although there has been no terror attack on the capital since since the Buhari administration assumed office, the security agencies have never let down their guard.
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He said: ”We know that the terrorists, who have been massively degraded and put on the run, have been looking for soft targets to attack. This is the nature of terrorism all over the world, as can be seen in recent attacks in the UK, France and Egypt, among others.
”That is why the Nigerian security agencies have continued to be on the alert, even if their efforts have been largely unobtrusive so as not to disrupt the daily activities of the citizenry.
”Such efforts are routinely stepped up during religious festivals.”
The federal government’s assurances came just hours after Legit.ng reported that the United States of America and the United Kingdom had warned their citizens in Nigeria of impending attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in Abuja and some other areas.
In a statement acquired by Legit.ng from the official website of the American embassy in Nigeria, the US warned its citizens to be very careful during the yuletide citizen, particularly around the period of Christmas and New Year celebrations.
On its part, the UK wrote on the official government website www.gov.uk that there is a rise in risk of attacks during the yuletide. It also pointed out that Abuja is a potential target.
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