Now ranked 2nd most terrorised country in the world after Iraq, Nigeria vows to end terrorism by December

    A report by a global terrorism research/analysis group, Jihad Analytics (JA) has placed Nigeria as the second most terrorised/attacked country in the world between Iraq and Syria.

    The research organisation which speciallizes in collating data on terrorists’ activities worldwide, in the report released on Friday, disclosed that in its half year findings made between January to June 2022, Nigeria recorded 305 attacks while Iraq recorded 337 terrorists’ attacks to come out first while Syria had 142 terrorist’s attacks, placing it in third position.

    The JA report which noted that it relied on global and cyber open-source intelligence and data, attributed most of the attacks to the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group.

    The damning report came even as the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has consistently reiterated its resolve to tackle insecurity in the country and wipe out insurgency.

    The presidency, on several occasions, had told Nigerians how the government had decimated, degraded and checkmated terrorists in different parts of the country.

    It also came at a time the Nigerian government claimed to have spent over N11 trillion as security budget since coming into office in 2015, which included the acquisition of several Tucano fighter jets to fight the terrorists to a standstill.

    A breakdown of yearly budgetary allocations to the Ministry of Defence revealed that in 2015, security got a total budget of N626.39 billion.

    In 2016, the allocation rose to N978.72bn in 2016, N1.12tn in 2017, N1.26tn by 2018, N1.33tn in 2019, N1.71tn in 2020, and N1.87tn in 2021, while in 2022, the budgetary allocation was icreased to N2.27tn, which was an increase of 262.39 per cent from the initial allocation in 2015.

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    Nigerian govt vows to end terrorism by December

    Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has once again, assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would flush out terrorists and bandits in the country by December, 2022.

    Aregbesola gave the assurance at a joint press conference in Abuja where he, together with the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, as well as the Police Affairs Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi, in Abuja, on Monday addressed newsmen.

    While addressing the conference, Aregbesola said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has mapped out workable strategies to wipe out insecurity in the country by the end of the year and flush out the terrorists from every part of Nigeria.

    “Our nation is faced and continue to face security challenges; the origin of these changes we must all know preceded our administration, regardless of what anybody wants to believe or say.

    “Insecurity preceded us and there are insurgents in the North East, bandits in parts of the North West and North Central, militants in the South South, separatists in the South East and ritual killers in the South West.

    “All over the country, we have constant attacks on pipelines, electricity cables and other critical national infrastructure. Crude and refined oil theft and kidnapping for ransom and farmers/herders clashes. Security agencies rose to these challenges and have largely degraded the group’s constituting the threats.

    “What we face mostly now are clashes of cowardly attacks, from those have been routed in one locality or the other, moving to give the false impression that they are still strong…that is the essence of the scattered nature of their strikes.

    “Our ultimate goal is to eliminate them all together and restore total peace in every inch of the Nigerian soil, that we are going to do, by God’s grace, by December of this year.

    “It is sounding tall but take it home; we are determined to ensure that every inch of the Nigerian soil is safe. The determination is there and the order has been given.”

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