Nigeria, according to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is not a failed state and cannot follow the path of Afghanistan, where terrorist groups have taken control.
This was said by the minister during meetings with foreign media organizations such as BBC Radio and Television, Bloomberg, and Politico in Washington, DC.
The minister is in the United States to talk with international media organizations and think tanks about President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s accomplishments and efforts to date in combating insurgency, banditry, and other forms of criminality.
Following his discussion with the three media organizations, Mohammed told NAN that suggestions from some quarters that Nigeria’s security situation may deteriorate like that of Afghanistan were incorrect.
He emphasized that Nigeria is winning the war on terror and that the country cannot follow in the footsteps of Afghanistan, where a terrorist group, the Taliban, captured power.
“Nigeria has never been and will never be a failed state.
Yes, there are problems in some parts of the country, but Nigeria is not a failed state.
The minister stated that the development in Afghanistan had confirmed President Buhari’s point that the country needed to be resourceful when waging an unconventional war.
“If what happened in Afghanistan is any indication, the federal government should be commended for how it has dealt with the insurgency in recent years.”
The lessons from Afghanistan today are that the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan in just a few weeks after almost 20 years of American participation, over a trillion dollars spent, and thousands of American lives sacrificed.
“This should serve as a reminder to everyone that combating an insurgency or ideology-driven movement is always challenging, and you must be resourceful, employing both kinetic and non-kinetic tactics.
“When individuals suggested we invite mercenaries, the president remained focused and asserted that our military is capable.
While much effort had been put into a kinetic approach, he added, the Nigerian military had also engaged in a non-kinetic approach, which included building hospitals, reviving schools, teaching in some of the schools, and providing medical care to individuals in impacted areas.
According to the minister, the non-kinetic method of fighting insurgency in the North-East has resulted in a large number of rebels surrendering their weapons and swearing allegiance to the government.
He stated that the country is winning the war against insurgency, citing the recent development of many Boko Haram members voluntarily surrendering their rifles.
Bandits are now incurring more casualties than ever before, according to the minister.
He promised that the US military’s delivery of the Super Tucano combat platforms will be a game-changer in the fight against banditry.
“The President deserves credit for trusting in our military and using both kinetic and non-kinetic tactics,” he said.