The federal government Sunday debunked the allegation by a US-based non-profit organisation, Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE), that it was sponsoring terrorism.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, described the allegation as “a disgusting distraction orchestrated by those seeking to weaken the ongoing massive onslaught against terrorism and banditry.”
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“How can a serious organization accuse a government that is tackling the twin evil of terrorism and banditry with uncommon determination of sponsoring terrorism?
‘’Is it not curious that this organisation has chosen this particular time when terrorists are either surrendering in droves or running helter-skelter as a result of a renewed offensive against them by the military to orchestrate a distraction? What could be GATE’s motive if not to weaken the fight against terror and banditry?
‘’GATE and its sponsors should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves and should quit trying to distract our gallant troops who are doing everything possible, including making the supreme sacrifice, to keep our country safe,’’ the minister said.
He said in the fight against terrorism, Nigeria had availed itself creditably by tackling home-grown terrorists with links to global terrorist organizations. “We make bold to say that no administration in
Nigeria has risen to the challenge of terrorism like the Buhari Administration has done.
‘’The acquisition of a myriad of platforms, the boost to the morale of our fighting forces and the leadership provided by President Muhammadu
Buhari have combined to put our gallant troops in good stead to frontally confront and put on the run the terrorists. Fittingly, Nigeria’s efforts at tackling terrorism have been hailed globally”, he said.