The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that his principal, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), made “tremendous progress” in the fight against banditry and insurgency in 2021.
He stated this in Lagos on Thursday at a press conference to showcase the “achievements” of the Buhari regime during the outgoing year 2021.
Prior to this report, the Punch had earlier reported that no fewer than 3,125 innocent persons were killed and 2,703 abducted by bandits in northern Nigeria in 2021, according to figures obtained from the Nigeria Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations’ an American think tank as well as quarterly reports released by the Kaduna State Government from January to September.
The minister said, “This Administration, in spite of daunting challenges, made tremendous progress in 2021 in fighting insecurity, growing the economy, reforming the oil sector to spur more investments, emplacing world-class infrastructure, providing social safety net for the poor and most vulnerable in the society and also taking advantage of the huge opportunities offered by the Information and Communications Technology Sector.”
Mohammed, on behalf of the Buhari regime, thereafter appreciated Nigerians for their perseverance in the face of the security challenges plaguing the nation.
“We want to most sincerely thank all Nigerians for their support and perseverance. We want to reassure the nation that President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to leave a legacy of a safe, secure and prosperous nation,” he said.