The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has called on Nigerians to desist from playing politics with the security status of the nation as the federal government is not relenting in the fight against the terrorist group.
The Minister said this on Thursday during a meeting in Lagos where he described the approach by the enemy of the state as “cheap and irresponsible”.
Lai Mohammed said it is worrisome when several quarters are calling for the resignation of the President at a time like this. Noting that the president was democratically elected and his tenure will lap in 2023.
“Well, let me say here that this call amounts to playing dirty politics with the issue of security, and it is cheap and irresponsible
“Mr. President was elected in 2015 for a four-year term and re-elected in 2019 for another four-year term.
“No amount of hysterical calls for resignation will prevent him from serving out his term.”
The Minister said before the President assumed office, Boko Haram was strolling into any city, especially in the north, to carry out deadly attacks.
He said Jos, Damaturu, the nation’s capital, Kano, Maiduguri were regularly targeted while motor parks, shopping complexes churches, mosques were not spared.
“Therefore, calling on the President to resign every time there is a setback in the war on terror is a needless distraction and cheap politicking.
“Let us stop playing politics with the issue of security,’’ he said.
The minister reiterated the position that the deadly sect has tactically been defeated. Noting that no nation; no matter how powerful is immune to attacks.
“Boko Haram is today badly degraded and can only carry out cowardly attacks like the one against defenceless farmers over the weekend’’.
“For instance, 9-11 happened despite the prowess of the most powerful army in the world.
“Boko Haram’s only oxygen today is publicity. That’s why they have rushed to release a video claiming responsibility for the killing of the farmers.
“Please note that that video was shared to instil fear in the civil populace and maintain relevance in the eyes of their sponsors,’’ Lai Mohammed concluded.