Nigeria becoming safer everyday – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria becoming safer everyday - Lai Mohammed
Nigeria becoming safer everyday – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government claims that the country is becoming safer by the day, citing a run of victories over Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits, and other criminal elements.

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, revealed this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

He claimed that the security forces had taken the fight to the bandits and forced them to flee, adding that their numbers were dwindling by the day.

“I am proud of our security forces, especially our uniformed men and women. Despite a slew of security issues, they’re delivering on their promises.

“Thousands of terrorists and their families are surrendering in droves as the terrorists and their camps are annihilated.

“The efficiency of the security forces has been strengthened by President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership and the armed forces’ and its leadership’s unshakable commitment,” he said.

The procurement of modern platforms for the armed services, according to the minister, was also a factor in the achievement.

He claimed that the latest platforms have helped them improve their operational preparedness and efficiency while also increasing their capabilities.

“To improve its equipment holding, the Nigerian Army has purchased 160 MRAPS, 150 trucks, and 60 APCs, among other things.”

“This is in addition to providing housing for troops and recruiting nearly 10,000 soldiers into the Army.”

“For its part, the Nigerian Navy (NN) commissioned the FALCON EYE Maritime Domain Awareness Capability, the third locally-built Seaward Defense Boat, one helicopter, four inshore patrol boats, and 90 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats,” he explained.

Over 1,500 troops were recruited into the Navy this year, according to Mr Mohammed, while the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) received 12 Super Tucanos and three JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft, among other platforms.

The platforms were utilized to perform many air interdictions, give close air support to ground troops, and destroy several unlawful facilities and equipment belonging to terrorists, bandits, and other criminal groups, according to him.

The minister also praised the success of the community policing plan, which he claimed resulted in the training of 25,000 constabularies around the country at various police colleges.

He said the administration had approved a 20 percent pay raise for police officers as well as increased duty tour allowances for officers to boost morale.