A claim by a non-profit organisation based in the United States that the Nigerian government is a terrorist sponsor has been described by the Federal Government as a disgusting distraction orchestrated by those seeking to weaken the ongoing massive onslaught against terrorism and banditry.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement released on Sunday that the so-called Global Advocates for Terrorism Eradication (GATE) is a nagging irritant that should be ignored, especially because it is as confused as it is irresponsible.
”This organization called GATE is not even worth the ink with which its name is written. 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.
The fact that GATE relied on the words of a thoroughly discredited, fake-news-peddling former Nigerian Navy intelligence officer in making its absurd allegation, according to Alhaji Mohammed, demonstrates the hollowness of its allegation.
”In the fight against terrorism, Nigeria has 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.
”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 organization masquerading as a terrorism eradication advocate,” he said.