Insurgents are losing the war against Nigeria, according to Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed.
The insurgents have been surrendering to troops in recent times, Mohammed said when he appeared on Focus on Africa, a BBC programme.
Boko Haram, like Taliban, is driven by an ideology that is difficult to overcome, the minister admitted.
“In the north-east, we are facing the threat of Boko Haram, a terrorist group solely motivated by ideology. A good example is what is happening in Afghanistan right now.
This illustrates how difficult it is to defeat an ideology-based movement. Having spent 20 years, trillions of dollars, and thousands of lives, it only took a few weeks for the Taliban to arrive.
It is this aspect of fighting terrorism that people should appreciate. Our progress is being made by the fact that insurgents are surrendering in droves today. Truth be told, the Nigerian government is winning the war against insurgents.
“The evidence of that is the number of insurgents who are now surrendering, not just their weapons but also their relatives and families as well.”
Nigeria is not a failed state, according to the minister.
A failed state is not one where challenges only exist in one corner of the country. Failure is a state in which there is general paralysis everywhere.”
“I live in Nigeria, I work in Nigeria, and I travel all over Nigeria, and I can tell you Nigeria is not a failed state. We have challenges with banditry and we have challenges with separatist groups, but that does not make Nigeria a failed state.
He said, “If the last few weeks are any indication, we are winning this war.”.
According to President Muhammadu Buhari, he does not want to leave office as a failure by failing to crack down on criminal elements.
Across the country, there is a high level of insecurity.