Global Terror Groups Besiege Nigeria -FG

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Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government yesterday gave insight into recent resurgence of Boko Haram in Nigeria’s North-East, declaring that the country is now besieged by dare-devil global terror groups.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Abuja, while launching a national campaign in support of the nation’s armed forces, noting the Nigerian military is not just up against the home-grown terrorist group, Boko Haram, but against an offshoot of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), known as the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP).
Brigadier-General John Agim, Director of Defence Information, acknowledged the emerging threat in the nation’s north east, observing that ISWAP is not a rag-tag army.
According to him, this band of terrorist group is a war-hardened group that is completely different from Boko Haram, and urged Nigerians to support the military and not discourage them.
The Minister said the situation is made worse by the fact that Nigeria is fighting this bigger threat without the sort of global coalition that was mustered by nations with huge resources to fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Libya, a situation he said, underscores the need for citizens to appreciate the armed forces.
He said that the campaign was necessary due to government’s belief that the military men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the country deserve prayers and commendation not vilification.
“With ISIS largely dislodged from Iraq and Syria, there is undoubtedly a flush of fresh fighters and weapons to ISWAP. Therefore, our military is fighting a global insurgency, without the kind of global coalition, including the United States that battled ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
“Those who do not understand the fresh threat facing our nation, nor appreciate the sacrifice of our troops, have now made it their past-time to wage a campaign of disinformation against the military, especially in the social media”.
“Doctored videos and pictures purporting to show massive military casualties are wilfully circulated online. Such unpatriotic acts are discouraging and demoralizing our troops, and must stop forthwith.”
He added that the support the country is receiving in the war against terrorism is nothing compared with mounting challenges.
“When I say that our armed forces are fighting this bigger threat without a global coalition, it does not mean we are not getting any kind of support, no. Of course we are getting some technical support and we also have the Joint Military Force fighting in Lake Chad Basin.”
The campaign, the Minister said will be multifaceted.
“It will include the production and airing of special jingles on radio and television, social media intervention and advocacy.
“In fact, the jingles are ready, and will be airing on radio and television starting this week. Also, the materials for newspaper and social media are also ready.”
The launch was attended by image makers of Army, Navy and the Air Force.