Abuja - Supervising Minister of Defence, Labaran Maku, said government forces were making headway in the fight against terror in the states that are under emergency rule.
He condemned the “politicization” of the security challenges in the northern parts of the country.
Maku, who is also the Minister of Information, said the breakthroughs could not be downplayed.
In May, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe amid widespread terror activities.
“We have achieved a lot with this state of emergency. Lots of terrorist camps have been destroyed, weapons have been seized and the people of the north were able to even celebrate the Sallah along with all other parts of the country, which they were unable to do in the recent past,” Maku said.
“We are not dealing with ordinary people. Some of them are not Nigerians. Insurgency in the north has been aided by propaganda. I must commend the Sultan of Sokoto for preaching peace and I urge the media not to heat up the polity with the kind of reports they publish,” he added.
The minister commended the security forces, which he noted, had been making sacrifices, and in some cases putting their lives on the line for the safety of Nigerians.
The incidents of terror, which have claimed thousands of lives over the years, have been blamed on the outlawed.
– CAJ News