FG Hails Global Endorsement of Nigeria’s Fight Against Terrorism


    The Federal Government of Nigeria  has hailed the recent global endorsement of its fight against terrorism, as contained in the 2017 Global Terrorism
    Index of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

    In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information
    and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, signed by his SA Segun Adeyemi, he expressed delight at the report, which shows that the largest decrease in terrorism deaths globally occurred in Nigeria, where terrorism deaths attributed to Boko Haram fell by 80% in 2016.

    The Minister said it was also encouraging that for the second
    consecutive year, the total number of deaths is down with a 13%
    Year-On-Year reduction compared to 2015, with four of the five
    countries most affected by terrorism – Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan
    and Nigeria – recording 33% fewer deaths.

    He said the progress that has been made by Nigeria in the fight
    against terrorism, since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office in
    2015, was duly acknowledged by the Executive Chairman of IEP, Steve
    Killelea, who was quoted by the report as saying, inter alia: ”The
    decline of Boko Haram in Nigeria is having a positive ripple effect,
    with Cameroon, Chad and Niger collectively recording 75% fewer

    Alhaji Mohammed said Nigeria’s success in the fight against terrorism
    is a direct result of the leadership provided by President Buhari, who
    did not just provide the enabling environment for the Nigerian
    military to regain its lost glory in the fight against terrorism, but
    also rallied Nigeria’s neighbours to forge a wide, sub-regional front
    against Boko Haram.

    ”It is fitting, therefore, that the 2017 Global Terrorism Index
    acknowledges the success recorded by the Multinational Joint Task
    Force that has been exerting pressure on Boko Haram,” he said.

    The Minister recalled that President Buhari, in his inaugural speech
    on the 29th of May 2015, directed the relocation of the command centre
    of the fight against Boko Haram to Maiduguri, and then followed up
    with a shuttle diplomacy that took him to Cameroon, Chad and Niger,
    and resulted in the rejuvenation of the Multinational Joint Task

    He congratulated the Nigerian military for its patriotism and
    sacrifice that have once again made the country a proud member of the
    comity of nations.

    Alhaji Mohammed said the 2017 Global Terrorism Index will provide a
    fresh shot in the arm for the Administration to continue its efforts
    to wipe out the vestige of Boko Haram, and to tackle all other forms
    of insecurity facing the nation.


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