Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is ready to battle terrorists responsible for attacks across the country and totally eliminate them.
Aregbesola said this while describing the attack on the Kuje custodial centre and similar attacks in Nigeria as a “fallout” of the Federal Government’s success against terrorism.
The minister stated this during a tour of correctional centres in Lagos State on Tuesday.
“We are not vulnerable,” Aregbesola said. “There might be issues with motivation, we aren’t vulnerable.
“I want us to be very clear in our minds that if you fail to appreciate the efforts of the government, it would be too sad. A time was when almost three-quarters of North-East was under the siege of the insurgents. That isn’t the case today.
“The insurgents don’t have a foothold anywhere anymore. So, for us to be that successful in combating insurgency, we must expect some fallout. The fallout is what we are having. And that is what you see when any phenomenon is about to die.
“So, the insurgents and the associated evil companions, the bandits and the other coward criminals are taking advantage of the fact that the siege in their main theatre has weakened and scattered them. So they are desperately looking for relevance.
“My assurance to Nigerians is that we are up to it. We are not giving up. We are ready to give them the battle that will totally eliminate them.”