Independence Anniversary: FG Issues Strong Security Warning Ahead of October 1
- Nigerians have been put on alert over security activities ahead of events to mark the country's 61st Independence anniversary
- The alert was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
- Residents have been urged to report any suspicious persons and movements to the relevant security agencies
Abuja - The federal government has alerted the general public to heightened security activities preparatory to the events marking the country's 61st Independence anniversary.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in Abuja, on Friday, September 24, via his special adviser on media, Segun Adeyemi.
Mohammed in a statement made available to Legit.ng appealed to residents of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs not to panic and to go about their legitimate activities.
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''Residents are enjoined to report suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies through the following numbers: 09-6305396, 08031230631, 08032003557 and 122.''
Insecurity: Lai Mohammed cries out
Recall that the minister of information and culture decried the high rate of destruction of infrastructure in Borno state and other parts of Nigeria.
According to him, the destructions are worse than he had imagined. He made this remark at a town hall meeting, held in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Thursday, September 23.
The minister said:
“I must confess that, based on the two town hall meetings (held earlier), the situation regarding the wanton destruction of public infrastructure is worse than we had imagined."
FG identifies who is responsible for Nigeria's negative image
Meanwhile, the Nigerian media was on Thursday, September 16, accused of portraying the country in a bad light before investors and those in the international community.
The claim was made by the federal government, noting that whatever image problem Nigeria is suffering from is a result of the media's “unflattering” portrayal of the nation.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement accused the media of not being factual in reporting efforts being made by the government to tackle security challenges in the country.
Mohammed at a ceremony in Abuja said the media is the reason why the diaspora community are wary of visiting the country.