Insurgency: Lai Mohammed says Nigeria has been denied access to modern weapons
- Lai Mohammed has spoken about the challenges faced by the counter-insurgency operation in Nigeria
- The minister of information, culture, and tourism said the government is not relenting in the area of security
- Mohammed said the terrorists were mostly attacking soft targets like the recent killing of farmers in Borno state
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The Nigerian counter-insurgency operation has reportedly suffered a setback because the federal government has been denied access to acquire weapons needed to fight the terrorists, Lai Mohammed has claimed.
The minister of information, culture, and tourism made the claim on Monday, November 30, in reaction to the Boko Haram killings in the Zabarmari area of Borno state, The Sun reported.
Mohammed who visited Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue in Makurdi, the state capital, did not disclose the reason foreign countries were refusing to sell arms to Nigeria.
He, however, said without the weapons to fight the insurgents, Nigeria will remain at the mercy of the terrorists.
The minister said:
“For instance, Nigeria had made attempts to acquire better and more effective platforms to deal with terrorists and for one reason or the other we have been denied these platforms, these weapons and without adequate platforms, we will remain at the mercy of terrorists."
But Mohammed, according to Vanguard, assured Nigerians that the federal government will not abandon its duty of protecting citizens.
He said the dying terrorist group was taking advantage of media coverage and the killings of innocent people to appear strong.
He noted that terrorism is a global issue, stating that what is happening in Nigeria does not mean that the government is not doing enough to fight insurgency.
Meanwhile, the report by the United Nations that 110 civilians were killed by Boko Haram in Borno state on Saturday, November 28, has been rejected by the Defence Headquarters.
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The rejection was voiced by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen John Enenche. He said only 43 corpses were recovered from the incident scene in the Zabarmari area of the northeast state.
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