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FG Vows to Tackle Violent Extremism, Unveils New Strategy

Photo: Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Federal Government FG has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to tackle violent extremism across the country.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this Tuesday while speaking during a visit to the offices of the Leadership newspaper in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said the strategy was contained in a document, entitled ‘Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism’, which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja the same day.

The document he stated was developed after consultations with the agencies of government, civil society organizations, media, academia and the international community.

Alhaji Mohammed said the Administration was steadily restoring peace and security to the North-east, which was in the grip of the terrorists when it (Administration) assumed office on the 29th of May 2015.

”We have put Boko Haram on the run. Occasionally, they attack soft targets, but even that is being tackled with intelligence-driven measures,” he said.

The Minister also said the Administration is revamping the economy, adding that the Naira is now stable, foreign reserves have risen from 23 billion to 35 billion dollars within a year, Nigeria has been named among the top 10 reforming economies in the world and the country has leapfrogged 24 places in the ease of doing business rankings.

”We are taming inflation, which has fallen for eight consecutive months. We are building infrastructure and we are creating jobs. Also, I am glad to inform you that capital importation into Nigeria in Q3 2017 recorded a substantial increase, compared to the past few quarters, as the economy continued to recover from recession.

The total capital imported in Q3 was recorded at $4,145.1 million, more than double the inflow in the second quarter of this year, representing an increased value of 147.5% on a year-on-year basis,” he said.

On the fight against corruption, Alhaji Mohammed said the Administration is winning having succeeded in driving corruption under the table.

He hailed the Leadership newspaper for carrying out its duties professionally, adding: ”You have supported us and you have criticized us, and each time you have been guided by the ethics of your profession – fairness, accuracy, impartiality, truthfulness, and objectivity,” the Minister restated.


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