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World powers denying us weapons to fight terrorism – FG

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has appealed to the world powers not to be weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny Nigeria vital platforms and weapons to fight terrorism.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the appeal on Thursday when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

“I want to use this opportunity to say that the international community can help us better than they are doing right now.

“To fight terrorists, we need platforms and weapons.

“When the international community is weighed by unsubstantiated arguments to deny the country of vital platforms and weapons to fight terrorism, you cannot turn round to accuse the country of not fighting terrorism,” he said.

The minister buttressed the claim, saying “certain world powers have refused to even sell to us certain vital weapons.

“For more than two to three years now, we have paid for certain vital weapons that they have not released to us and they even refused to give us spare parts.

“I think our appeal to them is that they should please help Nigeria and provide us with these sensitive platforms so that we can fight insecurity more effectively.” The minister said for Nigerians to fairly assess the efforts of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration in the fight against insecurity, they should compare where the country was pre- 2015 and today.

He said to better appreciate what the government is doing in the area of security, they should take a global survey to understand that unrest, terrorism and mindless violence cut across the globe.