Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has responded to a US-based non-profit organisation over claims of sponsoring terrorism currently ravaging the country.
According to the Minister, “the so-called Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication is a pesky irritant that should be ignored, especially because it is as confused as it is irresponsible”.
Lai also claimed that it is “a disgusting distraction orchestrated by those seeking to weaken the ongoing massive onslaught against terrorism and banditry.”
He added that GATE’s reliance on a “words of a thoroughly discredited, fake-news-peddling former Nigerian Navy intelligence officer” has shown the hollowness of its allegation.
The statement read;
“This organisation called GATE is not even worth the ink with which its name is written. How can a serious organisation 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.
“In the fight against terrorism, Nigeria has availed itself creditably by tackling home-grown terrorists with links to global terrorist organisations. We make bold to say that no administration in Nigeria has risen to the challenge of terrorism like the Buhari’s 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.
“What our gallant men and women need at this time is the support, encouragement and prayers of all, not the distracting antics of a relevance-seeking, feckless organisation masquerading as a terrorism eradication advocate”
Kano Govt Warns Farmers Against Using Industrial Waste As Manure
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, who gave the warning at a news briefing in Kano, stressed that using industrial waste as manure posed health risks, including kidney disease.
According to the commissioner, the areas where farmers mostly engage in the practice include Wudil, Tamburawa, Dawakin Kudu and Gezawa.
He further called on people living near industrial estates such as Sharada and Challawa to be cautious and avoid contact with industrial waste
Nigeria Set For 190 Business Community League Target – Nguroje
Nguroje, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, said this Saturday in Abuja.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Trade and Investment Minister, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, for taking deliberate steps towards having Nigeria in the league.
NaijaOnPoint on Sunday reports that the president, alongside 10 cabinet ministers and chief executives of government agencies and parastatals, attended a business exhibition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the weekend with the theme: “Expo 2020”, which was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NIPC board chairman said the Expo had afforded and unveiled investment opportunities for Nigerian investors with specific project profiles and investment opportunities to a single location with an attracting long-term investment into critical sectors.