The Minister for Information and Culture, Mallam Lai Mohammed has stated that Nigeria is losing the battle against insurgency because nations where the weapons are produced refuse selling to Nigeria.
Lai said this while on a courtesy visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Monday.
The Minister, speaking in wake of the massacre of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, reiterated that as long as Nigeria is denied the needed weapons, the country remains at the mercy of Boko Haram.
“When we talk about terrorism, people don’t seem to appreciate that terrorism is not a local issue, it is a global issue and there is no part of the world that doesn’t experience its own pocket of terrorism,” Mohammed said.
He said Nigeria needs global support to win the war.
“But you must also note that we are dealing with terrorists who are financed globally and we also need more support from global partners. For instance, Nigeria has made an attempt to acquire a better and more effective platform to deal with terrorists but for one reason or the other we have been denied this platform, these weapons and without adequate weapons or platform we remain at the mercy of terrorists,” the minister said.
“You see fighting terrorists is not a joke because what actually happened in Borno State is unfortunate but you must also look at the strategy of the terrorists.”
“Terrorists use media and publicity as oxygen, so when they go on this kind of mindless killing of people. It is not that the government is not doing enough. Terrorism whether in Afghanistan or anywhere in the world has the same concept, a group of people who are extremist in their thoughts who don’t think that you and me should be alive.”