Breaking: Global Terror Groups Have Converged On Us, FG Laments

Abuja – The Federal Government on Thursday gave insight into the recent resurgence of Boko Haram in the North-East, declaring that the country was now besieged by dare-devil global terror groups.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, disclosed this in Abuja while launching a national campaign in support of the nation’s armed forces.

The minister noted that the Nigerian military was not just up against the home grown terrorist group, Boko Haram, but also against an offshoot of ISIS, namely the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP).

Brig. General John Agim, Director of Defence Information, acknowledged the emerging threat in the nation’s North-East, observing that ISWAP was not a rag tag army.

According to him, this band of terrorist group is a war-hardened group that was completely different from Boko Haram, and urged Nigerians to support the military and not discourage them.

The minister said the situation was made worse by the fact that Nigeria was fighting this bigger threat without the sort of global coalition that was mustered by well-resourced nations to fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, a situation which, he said, underscored the need for citizens to appreciate the armed forces.

He said the campaign was being launched because of the belief of the government that the military men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the country deserved prayers and commendation, not vilification.

He said, “With ISIS largely dislodged from Iraq and Syria, there is undoubtedly a flush of fresh fighters and weapons to ISWAP.

“Therefore, our military is fighting a global insurgency, without the kind of global coalition, including the United States that battled ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

“Those who do not understand the fresh threat facing our nation, nor appreciate the sacrifice of our troops, have now made it their past-time to wage a campaign of disinformation against the military, especially in the social media.

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“Doctored videos and pictures purporting to show massive military casualties are willfully circulated online.

“Such unpatriotic acts are discouraging and demoralising our troops, and must stop forthwith.”

He added that the support the country was receiving in the war against terrorism was nothing compared with mounting challenges.

“When I say that our armed forces are fighting this bigger threat without a global coalition, it does not mean we are not getting any kind of support, no.

“Of course, we are getting some technical support and we also have the Joint Military Force fighting in the Lake Chad basin.”

The campaign, the minister said, would be multifaceted.

“It will include the production and airing of special jingles on radio and television, social media intervention, and advocacy.

“In fact, the jingles are ready, and will be airing on radio and television starting this week. Also, the materials for newspaper and social media are also ready.”

The launch was attended by image makers of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.

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