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The Minister of Information Lai Mohammed insists that Boko Haram has been technically defeated.
He said this on Monday when he paid a visit to the Sun Newspaper in Lagos State.
He said he concluded in 2015 that Boko Haram had been technically defeated after leading a team of local and international journalists to the epicenter of insurgency.
Mohammed said.“I stand by what I said that Boko Haram is technically defeated. What we are having today is global terrorism where you have the ISIS, ISWAP Al-Qaeda all working together.”
He said Nigeria is currently facing global terrorism that has no boundary.
“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.
“I was on the ground in Bama, Konduga and Maiduguri and I know what I saw before I made that claim. We are fighting global terrorism and that is why we are appealing to our foreign partners, especially the UN and our neighbours.
“By the time we get more platforms and the new helicopters that are being expected there will be a tremendous improvement.”
Mohammed also insisted that the threat of fake news needs to be addressed.
“Fake news and hate speech poses an imminent threat to the survival of the nation’s existence. The purveyors of Siamese twins of evil must be checkmated and the government will continue to engage to end the menace,” he said.
“We expect you to remain in the vanguard of the efforts to tackle fake news and hate speech. We expect you to educate our people on the efforts being made, especially by the government, in this regard.”