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NATIONAL: ICC, Amnesty Intl supporting terrorists in Nigeria — Lai Mohammed

THE Federal Government has accused international organisations of frustrating Nigeria’s efforts to deal with the menace of terrorism in the country.

Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Monday, named human rights groups such as Amnesty International and the International Criminal Court in his allegations.

According to the minister, the threats of sanctions and other unwholesome tactics being used to threaten and frustrate the nation’s military and security services serve the interests of terrorists and further put Nigeria’s security in jeopardy.

He said, “The Federal Government frowns at this unbridled attempt to demoralize our security men and women as they confront the onslaught from bandits and terrorists. Nigeria did not join the ICC so it can become a pawn on the court’s chessboard.

“It beggars’ belief to see that a nation that is fighting an existential war against bandits and terrorists is constantly being held down by an international body, which it willingly joined.

The Minister said despite the antics of another ‘fighting force’ against the country, Nigeria had made tremendous progress in tackling banditry and Boko Haram insurgency.

He added that the federal government has also made considerable progress in the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic through a multi-sectoral approach which has, as a result, increased the number of testing centres across the nation.

“Government of the Federation to drive the multi-sectoral approach to contain the virus. Nigeria has so far availed itself creditably in the fight against Covid-19 through the deployment of resources, mobilization, and training of manpower, and expansion of health infrastructure, particularly our testing capacity for Covid-19.

“From just two National Reference Laboratory for the testing of Covid-19, we now have over 100 laboratories, public and private, across all the states of the federation,” he said.

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