•FG denies allegation
A United States based advocate group, Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication has accused Nigerian government of sponsoring terrorism in the country.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has denied the allegation on Sunday, adding that the claim was a disgusting distraction orchestrated by those seeking to weaken the ongoing massive onslaught against terrorism and banditry.
This was disclosed to reporters in a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Sunday.
According to the Minister ‘’This organisation called GATE is not even worth the ink with which its name is written. How can a serious organisation accuse a government that is tackling the twin evil of terrorism and banditry with uncommon determination of sponsoring terrorism?
‘’Is it not curious that this organisation has chosen this particular time, when terrorists are either surrendering in droves or running helter-skelter, as a result of a renewed offensive against them by the military, to orchestrate a distraction? What could be GATE’s motive if not to weaken the fight against terror and banditry?
‘’GATE and its sponsors should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves and should quit trying to distract our gallant troops who are doing everything possible, including making the supreme sacrifice, to keep our country safe.”
He added that US organization relied on the words of a “thoroughly-discredited, fake-news-peddling former Nigerian Navy intelligence officer,” and such showed the hollowness of its allegation.
Lai Muhammed asserted, ‘’In the fight against terrorism, Nigeria has availed itself creditably by tackling home-grown terrorists with links to global terrorist organisations. We make bold to say that no administration in Nigeria has risen to the challenge of terrorism like the Buhari’s administration has done.
‘’The acquisition of a myriad of platforms, the boost to the morale of our fighting forces and the leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari have combined to put our gallant troops in good stead to frontally confront and put on the run the terrorists.Fittingly,Nigeria’s efforts at tackling terrorism have been hailed globally.
‘’What our gallant men and women need at this time is the support, encouragement and prayers of all, not the distracting antics of a relevance-seeking, feckless organisation masquerading as a terrorism eradication advocate.”