FG Restates CommitmentTo Tackling Violent Extremism



    The Federal Government remains resolute in dismantling the structural
    conditions that make violent extremism to thrive in the country, the
    Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.

    According to a statement signed by his SA, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister, who stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at the public
    presentation of the ‘Policy Framework and National Action Plan for
    Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism’, identified such
    structural conditions to include unemployment, poverty, lack of
    education, corruption, and other social-economic factors.

    He said the Federal Government has embarked on developmental
    programmes as part of efforts to dismantle the conditions that feed
    into violent extremism.

    “For example, the Anchors Borrowers programme has created over 6.3
    million jobs for farmers through rice farming. Equally significant,
    the Federal government has served no fewer than 246.4 million meals to
    Primary school pupils across 20 States under the National Home Grown
    School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) to encourage children enrolment in

    ”According to a widely reported recent survey, no fewer than 10.27
    million children have been enrolled in public primary schools in the
    North West and North Central Zones of the country in the last one
    year, representing an increase of 20% in some of the states. This was
    attributed largely to the school feeding programme. Development
    programmes like the school feeding scheme are at the heart our effort
    to prevent violent extremism.,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

    He also said the N-Power programme of the Federal Government has
    engaged and deployed over 200,000 young Nigerian to public primary
    schools, primary healthcare centre, and in agriculture development
    project centres across local government areas in the country, adding:
    ”This is with a view to helping build community resilience against
    violent extremist group. That number is set to increase by 300,000
    this year.”

    The Minister said the government is also taking a bold step to address
    the issue of recharging the Lake Chad Basin, which has shrunk by 90%
    between 1963 and now, thereby impacting negatively on the livelihood
    of the people that depended on it for farming activities.

    He said that as part of its soft approach in tackling security
    challenges, the administration is equally engaging in dialogue with
    different key stakeholders in order to find possible and lasting
    solutions to the issue of herder-farmer conflicts, which is one of the
    security challenges confronting the nation.

    Alhaji Mohammed said the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
    is committed to developing narratives and communication strategies
    that will completely dismantle and neutralize Boko Haram ideology and

    “We did that when we launched the national sensitization campaign
    against insecurity in December 2015. I am sure many of you would have
    heard the slogan, ‘if you see something, say something. We intend to
    take that campaign further’.

    “As you are very much aware, extremist groups thrive on two major
    things: One is to get their ideologies and messages out to the public,
    which today has been facilitated by the democratisation of the
    cyberspace, for the purpose of recruitment and radicalization. The
    second is publicity, which is the oxygen that they live on,” he said.

    While applauding the critical role the media is playing the fight
    against terrorism, the Minister encouraged the media to sustain the
    momentum and deny extremist groups the oxygen of publicity which they
    badly crave.

    Alhaji Mohammed hailed the leadership and political will demonstrated
    by President Muhammadu Buhari, which has served as a morale booster
    for the military to decimate Boko Haram and put the terror group on
    the run.

    He said the Sambisa Forest, which used to be the fortress of Boko
    Haram, has become too hot for the terror group, which is now escaping
    to the neighbouring communities.


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