- Nigeria has been described as a safe environment for all forms of investment despite the growing killings, kidnappings and activities of Boko Haram terrorists
- The description of the security situation in the country was given by the minister of information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed
- According to Lai Mohammed, oppositions across Nigeria are only giving wrong narratives to demarket the nation
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said Nigeria is safe for investment in spite of the demarketing campaign being waged against the country by the political opposition.
Speaking at the Investors' Fair, tagged “Africa Walk”, which was organized by the UNICORN Group in its Lagos Campus on Friday, July 22, the minister warned that the fake narrative being promoted by the de-marketers is that Nigeria is a war zone or there is religious persecution in the country.
A statement by the minister's chief press secretary on media and publicity, Segun Adeyemi said that Mohammed affirmed that the Buhari administration came into office in 2015 with the promise to revamp the economy, fight insecurity and curb corruption.
Mohammed said that the current administration has acquainted itself with the desired creditability on the three pillars.
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“We were elected on the three pillars of the economy, security, and anti-corruption. In these three areas, I can confirm that we have not left any stone unturned to turn things around despite the numerous challenges."
Boko Haram and insecurity challenges in Nigeria
While speaking on security, Mohammed noted that Boko Haram terrorists who were controlling a large swath of territory in the northeast prior to the advent of President Muhammadi Buhari's administration, have been severely degraded and that ISWAP leadership has been eliminated.
He said 51,000 insurgents surrendered in the first three months of this year alone, while the government is now focusing on rehabilitation and rebuilding communities destroyed by the insurgents.
According to the minister, in order to address the intractable farmer-herder clashes, the present administration is the first to bring a feasible solution to the conflict through the National Livestock Transformation Plan, which puts ranching at its core.
He, therefore, called on some state governments that are yet to key into the plan to have a rethink and embrace it in order to put a halt to the protracted farmer-herder clashes.
“We are also tackling banditry with the same vigour with which we have taken on Boko Haram and ISWAP, and it is a matter of time for bandits to be decimated too."
Kaduna train attack: Former military administrator pleads on behalf of son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren
A former military administrator, General Idris Garba, had pleaded with the Niger state governor to assist in the rescue of members of his family.
Garba's son, his wife Maryam Bobbo and their four children; Ibrahim, Fatima, Imran and Zainab were among the victims of the Kaduna-bound train attack by terrorists on Monday, March 28.
According to the retired military general, he has been having sleepless nights since the abduction of his son and members of his immediate family.
Kuje prison attack: Spread of ISWAP, Ansaru, other terrorist groups not surprising, security expert says
A security expert in Nigeria had said that the growing attacks on key places and soft targets by terrorists are not surprising.
Senator Iroegbu said that the implication of the attack at the Kuje prison facility is a red flag and a pointer that the Federal Capital Territory may be a city under siege.
According to the expert, there is a need for punitive measures to be meted out to security personnel and agencies that jeopardise the effort to end terrorists' activities in Nigeria.