The Federal Government has said that it needs global support in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
This was stated by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed while addressing newsmen in Makurdi during a visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
He said this in reaction to the killing of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State on Saturday.
Lai Mohammed said, “when people talk about terrorism, they don’t seem to appreciate that fact that terrorism is not a local but a global issue and there is no part of the world that is not experiencing pockets of terrorism.
“I am glad that the Governor himself has said the FG has done a little in curbing the issue of insecurity in Benue State.
“We will never stop protecting lives and livelihood, but you must understand that we are also dealing with terrorists who are financed globally and we also need more support from global partners,” he said.
The minister also expressed worries about the factors frustrating the fight against insurgency in Nigeria.
“For instance, Nigeria had 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; these weapons and without adequate platforms; adequate platforms, we will remain at the mercy of terrorists.
“But you see you must be also able to look at the terrorists; you see terrorists also use media and publicity as oxygen, so when they go on this kind of mindless killings of innocent….. it is just that a dying terrorist group will suddenly 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; you have a group of people who are extremists in their thoughts, who don’t believe that we and you should be alive,” he said.