The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has mentioned he stands by what he mentioned in 2015, that the Boko Haram terrorists have been technically defeated.
The minister said this on Monday when he paid a working go to to the brand new company headquarters of “The Sun” Newspaper in Lagos, NAN studies.
Fielding questions from the editorial board of the newspaper led by the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Mr Onuoha Ukeh, the minister mentioned Nigeria is presently dealing with world terrorism that has no boundary, no frontier.
“I stand by what I mentioned that Boko Haram is technically defeated.
“What we’re having right now is world terrorism the place you’ve got the ISIS, ISWAP Al-qaeda all working collectively.
“Terrorism is a global issue. Between 2009 and 2015 we were fighting Boko Haram, but today we are fighting global terrorism where the remnants of the Army in Syria are now joining hands with the ISWAP and others,” he mentioned.
Mohammed mentioned his place in 2015 that Boko Haram had been technically defeated was primarily based on what he noticed on floor when he led a workforce of native and worldwide journalists to the epicentre of insurgency in 2015.
“I used to be on floor in Bama, Konduga and Maiduguri and I do know what I noticed earlier than I made that declare.
“We are combating world terrorism and that’s the reason we’re interesting to our overseas companions, particularly the UN and our neighbours.
“By the time we get extra platforms and the brand new helicopters which can be being anticipated there will likely be great enchancment.
The minister, who mentioned he was on the newspaper’s headquarter as a part of his steady engagement with the media, enjoined “the Sun” to proceed to assist the federal government in combating faux information and hate speech.
“Fake information and hate speech pose imminent risk to the survival of the nation’s existence.
“The purveyors of Siamese twins of evil have to be checkmated and authorities will proceed to interact to finish the menace.
“We count on you to stay within the vanguard of the efforts to deal with faux information and hate speech.
“We count on you to teach our individuals on the efforts being made, particularly by the federal government, on this regard.
“This administration has no intention of muzzling the media or stifling free speech.
“Our campaign is against fake news and hate speech. And we will not rest until our media space has been rid of fake news and hate speech,” he mentioned
The minister mentioned that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has delivered on the three mantra of combating corruption, combating insurgency and enhancing on the financial system.
He assured Nigerians that the federal government will proceed to work the extra to ship on the mandate and carry Nigerians from poverty.
Speaking on the reform within the broadcast business, Mohammed reiterated that no quantity of assaults, will cease the implementation of accredited
suggestions on reform of broadcasting code.
He, nevertheless, assured that in implementing the suggestions, the federal government is not going to tamper with the liberty of the press or stifle the rights of individuals to air their opinions