The Federal Government has enjoined world powers to support in the fight against terrorism by supplying them with weapons when the need arises.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said this on Thursday in, while appearing on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.
“I want to use this opportunity to say that the international community can help us better than they are doing right now. To fight terrorists, we need platforms and weapons.”
“When the international community is weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country of vital platforms and weapons to fight insecurity, you cannot turn round to accuse the country of not fighting terrorism,” he said.
The minister buttresses the claim, saying “certain world powers have refused to even sell to us certain vital weapons.”
“For more than two to three years now, we have paid for certain vital weapons that they have not released to us and they even refused to give us spare parts. I think our appeal to them is that they should please help Nigeria to provide us with these sensitive platforms so that we can fight insecurity more effectively. People should recognise the fact that today, people have weaponised the issues of religion and ethnicity.”
“We are dealing with extremely unreasonable people, whether in the northwest or in the northeast. They should not forget that we are fighting non-conventional war and at the same time, these people have contacts everywhere,” he said.