Insecurity: Why Nigeria Can Never Be Like Afghanistan Way, Lai Mohammed
- Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, has passed a vote of confidence of the way the government is handling security
- The minister explained why the situation in Nigeria cannot be compared with what is happening in Afghanistan
- Mohammed is in the US to speak with international media organisations and think tanks on the achievements of President Buhari’s administration
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Washington DC- The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has dismissed the suggestion that the security situation in Nigeria could deteriorate like Afghanistan where the Taliban has toppled the government.
The Punch reported that Mohammed made the statement in Washington DC during his chat with international media organisations.
The minister in a separate chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stated that Nigeria is not a failed state.
According to him, the current challenges in Nigeria do not imply that the nation has failed, Premium Times reported.
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“A failed state is one where basic facilities are not available and everything has broken down but, Nigeria is not in that stage.''
He said fake news and disinformation were being used to portray the country as if it is fighting a war.
The minister noted that the situation in Afghanistan shows that Nigeria should be commended for the way it has handled insurgency in the last couple of years.
Northern groups back call for self-defense
Meanwhile, the call for self-defense to Katsina residents by Governor Bello Masari has been backed by some northern socio-cultural groups, one of which is the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).
The organisation said Masari is right to urge his people to take up arms against bandits and kidnappers, adding that not all weapons are illegal for citizens, especially those which come with police permits.
ACF's national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, who spoke with Punch on Wednesday, August 18, argued that local hunters are among those who are allowed to carry guns.
Arewa Elders tells FG to prosecute repentant Boko Haram members
In another news, the Arewa Consultative Forum has kicked against the reintegration of repentant Boko Haram insurgents into society.
The national chairman of the group, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the repentant Boko Haram members should be prosecuted for the crimes committed against Nigerians.
Ogbeh said this in a statement released by the spokesman of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, and seen by Legit.ng on Tuesday, August 17.