The federal government has faulted claims that Nigeria is a failed state, noting that the country had improved under the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng gathered that Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture who made this known at a new year media briefing with journalists in Lagos state said those describing Nigeria as a failed state are “jaundiced analysts”.
Mohammed in the statement shared on the ministry’s Facebook page on Monday, January 4, decried that analysts had constituted themselves into another ‘fighting force’ against FG.
He said, “You would remember that for the past two decades or so, some pseudo-analysts have been predicting the country’s implosion.
“That has not happened, hence they have found a new watchword – failing or failed state!
“It’s all a ruse aimed at depicting Nigeria as being in a constant state of anarchy so they can achieve their nefarious objectives for the country.
“If Nigeria was not a ‘failing’ state when a large slice of its territory equivalent to the size of Belgium was under the occupation of Boko Haram, which collected taxes, installed and deposed emirs, is it now that no territory is under the terrorists that Nigeria will be a failing state?
“If Nigeria was not a failed state when bombs were raining on towns and cities in Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Borno, Yobe, FCT and other states, is it now that such bombings have stopped that Nigeria will be described as a ‘failing’ state?
“If Nigeria was not a ‘failing’ state in those years that Christian and Muslim worshippers needed to be screened to even enter their places of worship, is it now that the siege on places of worship has ceased that Nigeria will be described as a ‘failing’ state?’’
This is coming as the federal government on Monday, January 4, promised the people that in 2021, the country will witness improved security.
The assurance was given by the minister of information and culture at a media briefing with journalists.
The minister said President Buhari has continued to provide the armed forces and other security agencies with what is required to function better.