Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed says Nigeria is still at the mercy of Boko Haram.
The terrorist group, which has been tormenting the country since 2009, is blamed for the death of over 30,000 Nigerians. But the Muhammadu Buhari government repeatedly claimed that the group had been defeated.
Mohammed, whom many Nigerians accuse of peddling lies on behalf of the administration, now says that is not the case.
“We are dealing with terrorists who are financed globally and we also need more support from global partners,” Mohammed said in Benue on Monday, during a courtesy visit to the state government.
He was speaking after suspected Boko Haram terrorists reportedly slit the throats of at least 110 farmers on rice fields in Borno.
“Nigeria has made an attempt to acquire a better and more effective platform to deal with terrorists but for one reason or the other we have been denied this platform — these weapons,” Mohammed said.
“Without adequate weapons or platforms, we remain at the mercy of terrorists.”