Nigerian Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed says President Muhammadu Buhari is leaving a legacy of security, infrastructural development, economic prosperity and social cohesion for Nigeria but his claim is not supported by available data.
Lai Mohammed, who made this false claim at a news conference to address some topical national issues on Wednesday in Abuja, said “the legacy might not seem obvious now amidst daunting challenges, but posterity would be kind to the president.”
For Lai, the claim in certain quarters that President Buhari had nothing more to offer “is untrue, fallacious and smacks of dirty politicking’’.
According to him, President Buhari has done so much under very difficult economic and social conditions to tackle insecurity in the country and would continue to do much more to keep Nigerians safe.
“Since assuming office in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to make the issue of security a major plank of his administration’s policy.
“Today, we look at the current situation without wondering what would have been had this president not taken the bull by the horns as far as security is concerned.
“With the way insurgents were operating before this administration came into office, perhaps they would have achieved their aim of declaring an Islamic State in Nigeria, if President Buhari had not acted decisively.
“This is considering their control of swathes of land the size of Belgium, with their freewheeling attacks in almost a dozen states, including the FCT, which was hit at least five times.
“After all, in 2014, Boko Haram declared a caliphate in Gwoza after capturing Bama and Gamboru as well as other towns and villages in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
“They installed their own emirs, collected taxes and flew their flag before the military dislodged them,’’ the minister said.
On banditry and kidnapping, the minister said the president had also continued to provide quality leadership to ensure that security agencies decisively tackled the cankerworm of insecurity of any kind.
He stressed that no administration in Nigeria’s recent history had provided the security agencies with the hardware needed to tackle insecurity as that of President Buhari.
Mohammed said Buhari’s administration had also been exceptional in raising the morale of security men and women.
He added that the administration also deployed non-kinetic measures such as tackling poverty and shrinking the pool of those targeted for recruitment by insurgents and bandits
The minister cautioned against heightened commentaries on the security situation which he said was triggered “by genuine concerns in some circles and crass politicking or sheer absurdity in others’’.
He said while there was nothing wrong in citizens expressing their concerns over insecurity in the country, the use of incendiary and insulting words, especially by leaders could only overheat the polity and heighten tension.
Mohammed called on Nigerians to support security agencies and also to raise the alarm anytime they saw anything that hampered the safety and security of the citizens and the country.