…as FG urges Nigerians to exercise restraint
The Federal Government on Monday said although the country was facing security challenges, the current situation is better than what the present regime met at its inception in 2015.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this while answering questions at a press conference in Abuja.
He was joined at the briefing by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
“I can say without hesitation that, though Nigeria is facing security challenges, the situation is far better than what we met in 2015,” the minister said.
He explained that before the inception of the present regime, bombings by Boko Haram members were being witnessed in about 12 states including Abuja.
He said the situation has changed for the better.
“There is no doubt that we are much better than how it was,” he added.
Meanwile, the Federal Government has urged Nigerians to exercise restraint following the brewing conflict in the northern regions of Oyo State, as well as the tension in Ondo State.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, and shared on his official Twitter handle.
A part of the statement which has now been deleted says “the Federal Government is moving in quickly to bring state, community, security, traditional institutions, religious organizations, and youth groups into a purposeful dialogue that will bring effective resolutions to the problem within constitutional and legal frameworks.”
Another part says, “Let us all try to be our brother’s keeper and work towards building a peaceful community that works for all irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and other forms of differences.”
The PUNCH reported that the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, issued a seven-day ultimatum for herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state.
In a statement he issued, the Governor said the forests have been turned into a place for felons to carry out their criminal activities.
The PUNCH also reported that violence erupted in Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday when residents stormed the home of the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, to eject him and some other herdsmen accused of fuelling security problems in the area.