The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has appealed to all Nigerians to lower the palpable tension in the country that is due to security challenges.
The Minister made the disclosure at a press conference in Lagos.
He also urged the media to play a crucial role in dousing the tension.
“The first step is to tone down the rhetoric.
While the media must continue to carry out its primary responsibility to inform, criticize and stimulate debate, it must also realize that it can only carry out this responsibility in an atmosphere of peace and security.
I am therefore appealing to the media to play its part in dousing the pervasive tension.”
“Lending platforms to uncompromising separatists and die-hard pessimists about the survival of our nation, can only overheat the polity, and aggravate the country”.
He also condemned the practice of launching deadly attacks against the nation’s security personnel.
“Soldiers as well as police, customs and other security agents have been killed and maimed in some parts of the country in this growing trend of targeting security forces. I want to say, unequivocally, that any attack on our security men and women is an attack on the state and a declaration of war against the nation. It follows, therefore, that this will be countered with overwhelming force.”
“When those whose responsibility it is to protect us are themselves being subjected to mindless attacks, it can only be for one reason. To instill fear and evoke a sense of pervasive insecurity among the people. Whether known or unknown gunmen, those engaged in this dastardly act will pay dearly for their actions.”
He appealed to Nigerians to support the security agencies, who today face the added task of having to watch their backs while working to protect us. The least we can do is to give them our unalloyed support.