The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday said that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is becoming safer everyday.
According to him, the development followed string of successes being recorded in the fight against Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits and other criminal elements.
Mohammed spoke during a media briefing in Abuja, saying that security forces had taken the battle to the bandits and put them on the run and their ranks are being decimated by the day.
He said, “I am proud of our security forces, our men and women in uniform. Despite a myriad of security challenges, they are living up to the billing.
”As the terrorists and their camps are being decimated, thousands of terrorists and their families are surrendering in droves.
“The effectiveness of the security forces has been enhanced by the leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari and the unwavering commitment of the armed forces and its leadership.”
Mohammed further attributed the successes to the procurement of modern platforms for the armed forces.
He said, “Among others, the Nigerian Army has procured 160 MRAPS, 150 trucks and 60 APCs to improve its equipment holding.
“This is in addition to the provision of accommodation for troops and the recruitment of over 10,000 personnel into the Army.
“The Nigerian Navy (NN), for its part, commissioned the FALCON EYE Maritime Domain Awareness Capability, the third locally-built Seaward Defense Boat, one helicopter, 4 inshore patrol boats and 90 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats.”
The minister said over 1,500 personnel were recruited into the Navy during the year, adding that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) took delivery of 12 Super Tucanos and 3 JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft and other platforms.
Noting that the Air Force used the platforms to conduct several air interdictions, provide close air support to ground troops and destroy several illegal structures and equipment belonging to terrorists, bandits and other criminal elements, he commended the implementation of the community policing initiative which he said led to the training of 25,000 constabularies in several police colleges across the country.
He equally said that the current administration approved the review and upgrade of police personnel salaries by 20 per cent and enhanced duty tour allowance of police officers to boost their morale.