Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said insecurity is the major challenge faced by the Federal Government in 2021.
He said this on Thursday during a press conference to showcase the achievements of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s regime during the outgoing year 2021.
According to him, despite the long list of achievements by Buhari’s regime, insecurity was a major challenge.
He, however, explained that the Armed Forces of Nigeria recorded some successes using a combination of kinetic and non-kinetic operations, coupled with a review of strategies.
This, he said, led to the neutralisation of over 1,000 terrorists, the rescue of 2,000 civilians and the surrender of over 22,000 terrorists including their families in the North-East.
He noted that many arms and ammunition were also recovered, adding that several bomb-making factories of the terrorists were destructed.
He said, “Let me admit straight away that the year has not been devoid of challenges. For the outgoing year, in particular, the major challenge has been that of insecurity. In spite of this and the usual economic challenges, especially the dwindling resources available to the government, the Administration has availed itself creditably, as we will be demonstrating shortly.
“As I said in my introductory remarks, our biggest challenge in the outgoing year is in the area of security. Despite the enormity of the challenge, our military has continued to live up to their billing.
“We owe them a debt of gratitude for their patriotism and sacrifice. We just can’t appreciate them enough, as you will soon see when I break down their achievements in the year under review.”