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Nigeria Remains At Boko Haram’s Mercy Because We’re Denied Weapons – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has bemoaned Nigeria’s lack of adequate weapons to prosecute the war against insurgency, leaving the country at the mercy of Boko Haram.

On Saturday, suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Zabarmari, about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, killing at least 43 farmers.

The United Nations claimed that 110 civilians were killed but the Defence Headquarters dismissed the figure.

Speaking on Monday during a courtesy visit to Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, Mohammed described the killings in Borno as an unfortunate event.

The noted that Nigeria needs more global support to win the war.

“When we talk about terrorism, people don’t seem to appreciate that terrorism is not a local issue, it is a global issue and there is no part of the world that doesn’t experience its own pocket of terrorism,” Mohammed said.

“But you must also note that we are dealing with terrorists who are financed globally and we also need more support from global partners.

“For instance, Nigeria has made an attempt to acquire a better and more effective platform to deal with terrorists but for one reason or the other we have been denied this platform, these weapons and without adequate weapons or platform, we remain at the mercy of terrorists.

“You see fighting terrorists is not a joke because what actually happened in Borno State is unfortunate but you must also look at the strategy of the terrorists.

“Terrorists use media and publicity as oxygen, so when they go on this kind of mindless killing of people. It is not that the government is not doing enough. Terrorism whether in Afghanistan or anywhere in the world has the same concept, a group of people who are extremist in their thoughts who don’t think that you and me should be alive.”

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