Killings: Calling Buhari to resign, cheap, irresponsible- Lai Mohammed

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that in the wake of killing, there have been calls in some quarters for President Muhammed Buhari to resign, adding that such call amounts to playing dirty politics with the issue of security, and is cheap and irresponsible.

The Minister disclosed this during meeting with members of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) in Lagos on Thursday, he said calling on the President to resign every time there is a setback in the war on terror is a needless distraction and cheap politicking.

According to him, “Mr. President was elected in 2015 for a four-year term and re-elected in 2019 for another four-year term. No amount of hysterical calls for resignation will prevent him from serving out his term. Now, let’s put things in context.

“Before Mr. President assumed office, Boko Haram could stroll into any city, especially in the north, to carry out deadly attacks. Abuja, the nation’s capital, Kano, Maiduguri, Jos, Damaturu, etc were regularly targeted. Motor parks, churches, mosques, shopping complexes were not spared.

“Today, that is a thing of the past. Suicide bombers used to have a field day detonating their bombs and killing innocent people. Today, that is no longer the case. Detonating Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) used to be a deadly tactic of Boko Haram.

“Today, that has changed. Boko Haram used to occupy territory, deposinn and installing Emirs and collecting taxes. That’s no longer the case. These changes are not mere happenstance. They are part of the successes recorded by the military, under this President”, he said. 

Alhaji Lai emphasized that the killing of defenceless farmers in Borno State is an act of cowardice and savagery by a group of deranged terrorists. “Unfortunate and saddening as it is, the killing is not a true reflection of the progress being made by the military against Boko Haram.

“That Boko Haram is going after soft targets is a sign of weakness and desperation on their part, especially after they have suffered huge setbacks in the hands of the military in recent times. The modus operandi of a losing terror group is to go after soft targets in order to stay relevant. It’s not only Boko Haram that does that. In 2019, Al-Shabab attacked DusitD2 Complex in Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than 20.

“Similarly, the Peshawar school massacre of 16 December 2014 in Pakistan, carried out by six gunmen affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, left about 150 people dead, most of them students. Let’s also note that fighting terrorism is an assymetric war, as opposed to conventional war, hence even the best military in the world still suffers occasional setbacks in this kind of war”, he added.

He warned some people to stop playing politics with the issue of security. “The truth, which will rankle some people, is that Boko Haram is today badly degraded and can only carry out cowardly attacks like the one against defenceless farmers over the weekend. No nation, no matter how powerful, is immune to attacks on soft targets.

“9-11 happened despite the prowess of the most powerful army in the world. Boko Haram’s only oxygen today is publicity. That’s why they have rushed to release a video claiming responsibility for the killing of the farmers. Please note that that video was shared to instil fear in the civil populace and maintain relevance in the eyes of their sponsors”, he said.

Alhaji Lai appealed to the general public to provide information about the insurgents to security forces to assist them in ending the war on terror, while urged Nigerians to continue to support the men and women in uniform. “Many of whom have made the supreme sacrifice to keep our nation safe”.

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