The Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has mentioned he stands by what he mentioned in 2015, that the Boko Haram terrorists have been technically defeated.
The minister acknowledged this on Monday when he paid a working go to to the brand new company headquarters of “The Sun” Newspaper in Lagos, NAN reviews.
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 at present going through international terrorism that has no boundary, no frontier.
“I stand by what I mentioned that Boko Haram is technically defeated.
“What we’re having as we speak is international terrorism the place you might have 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 based mostly on what he noticed on floor when he led a workforce of native and worldwide journalists to the epicentre of insurgency in 2015.
“I was on floor in Bama, Konduga and Maiduguri and I know what I noticed earlier than I made that declare.
“We’re combating international terrorism and that’s the reason we’re interesting to our international companions, particularly the UN and our neighbours.
“By the point we get extra platforms and the brand new helicopters which can be being anticipated there might 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.
“Faux information and hate speech pose imminent risk to the survival of the nation’s existence.
“The purveyors of Siamese twins of evil should be checkmated and authorities will proceed to have interaction 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 coach 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 economic system.
He assured Nigerians that the federal government will proceed to work the extra to ship on the mandate and carry Nigerians from poverty.
Talking on the reform within the broadcast trade, Mohammed reiterated that no quantity of assaults, will cease the implementation of authorised
suggestions on reform of broadcasting code.
He, nevertheless, assured that in implementing the suggestions, the federal government won’t tamper with the liberty of the press or stifle the rights of individuals to air their opinions.