By Chuks Ekpeneru
Nigeria is at the mercy of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Alhaji Lai Mohammed said on Monday.
Speaking against the background of the slaughter of at least 43 farmers in Borno State last weekend, the minister during a visit to Governor Sam Ortom of Benue State said that the failure of the Nigerian government to get the needed platforms to combat the terrorists had put Nigeria at the mercy of the terrorists.
The minister’s admission is coming after the government claimed to have defeated, degraded and technically defeated the terrorist group in December 2015.
While lamenting the killing of 43 farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, he said the federal government would not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
He said, “when people talk about terrorism, they don’t seem to appreciate the fact that terrorism is not a local issue but a global issue and there is no part of the world that is not experiencing pockets of terrorism.
“Nigeria has made attempts to acquire better and more effective platforms to deal with terrorists and for one reason or the other we have been denied these platforms, and without these weapons and adequate platforms, we will remain at the mercy of terrorists.
“But you see, fighting terrorists is not a joke because what actually happened in Borno State was quite unfortunate. “You must be also able to look at the strategy of the terrorists. You see, terrorists also use media and publicity as oxygen. So when they go on this kind of mindless killings of innocent people, it is just that a dying terrorist group will now suddenly again spring to life.
“It does not mean that the government is not doing enough. Terrorism in Africa and any other place in the world has the same concept which is, you have a group of people who are extremists in their thoughts, who don’t believe that me and you should be alive.”