Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has assured that the security situation in Nigeria will greatly be improved in 2021.
The minister who gave the assurance at a new year media briefing on Monday in Lagos disclosed that a number of the platforms the country had been expecting to pep up the battle against terrorists and bandits would arrive in the new year.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari had continued to provide the armed forces and other security agencies with whatever was required to function better in terms of platforms, logistics, and capacity development.
Mohammed said, “As the president said in his new year broadcast, the security apparatus and personnel of the armed forces and the police are to be re-energized and re-organized.
“This is with a view to enhancing their capacity to engage, push back and dismantle the operations of both internal and external extremist and criminal groups waging war against our communities in some parts of the country,’’ he said.
While paying tributes to all security personnel for their sacrifice, dedication to duty, and patriotism, noting that the nation remained in their debt for their service, the minister said 2020 was one of the most challenging years for the country with COVID-19 and #EndSARS protest impacting on the economy in addition to security challenges.
He said the government, however, rose with courage and determination to tackle the challenges and had continued to do so.
“The year 2020 has been a challenging year, undoubtedly one of the most challenging years for the country.
“A global pandemic that triggered an economic recession, security challenges, and unnecessary violence that stemmed from what started as a peaceful protest are just some of the challenges.
“It is to the credit of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration that it tackled these challenges headlong.
“Thanks to the several complementary fiscal, real sector and monetary interventions proactively introduced by the government to forestall a far worse decline of the economy and alleviate the negative consequences of the pandemic,’’ he said.
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