A 90mm gun-armed Panhard Sagaie AFV of the Nigerian Army near Marte, northern Borno.
29 December, 2013
MINISTER of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, has said that Nigeria is working to secure the support of Cameroun to halt infiltration by insurgents from the Cameroun border.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja, Maku
observed that stamping out insurgency remains the topmost priority of the Federal Government, adding that some achievements have been recorded in efforts to containing terrorism in the states of Borno and Yobe in the last one year.
He said: “The recent attacks on Bama, as we know, came from across the border with Cameroun. We are working hard to reach out to the Camerounian government and other international agencies to ensure that we continue to put pressure on the insurgents from both sides of the boundary, so that at the end, by the grace of God, we would witness greater successes in 2014.
“What is clear is that in the year 2013, tremendous success was made and most of the insurgents that infiltrated other states from the North East were picked up. Some were picked up as far away as Lagos and Ogun, and a number of them are in detention, and trial is going on gradually.”
Maku noted that the massive
deployment of men and materials
through the establishment of the 7th
Division of the Nigerian Army in
Maiduguri has stemmed the tide of
attacks in the region. He stressed that due to huge investments required to set up an Army Division, government has prioritised the provision of funds to construct military barracks and other infrastructure, as well as the training of personnel and the provision of necessary equipment to
wipe out the activities of insurgents in the North East.
The Minister further stated that the
Federal Government is intervening in
the economic recovery of the North East, following the devastation and socio-economic setback suffered by the sub-region due to the insurgency.
“The President in the Economic Forum
on the North East unfolded a new
agenda for the economic support of the North East. From this year’s budget, provision is now being made to really give the North East support.
“What is seen in the budget is not the
end of the matter. There will be a lot of other support coming in, and what will unfold will enable the Federal
Government, international agencies,
friendly governments abroad and also the private sector to make special
contributions for the development of
the North East,” he said.
He stressed that despite inherited
security challenges, which were mainly induced by local politics in the North East, with severe consequences on the economic growth in the region, President Jonathan recorded tremendous successes in economic and social development in the last three years.