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Opposition has mobilized terrorists to stage attacks in 10 states – Lai

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed Monday said that the opposition is actively focusing its attention on mobilizing terrorists to  conduct large-scale attacks in  at least 10 states in Nigeria.

Before you accuse the government of crying wolf, let me tell you, gentlemen, that we have credible intelligence that armed bandits and Boko Haram insurgents have been mobilized to engage in massive attacks and other acts of violence in several states across the country, including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara, he said at a press conference in Abuja.

As you are aware, Nigeria goes to the polls just 27 days from now. However, the Federal Government is in possession of credible intelligence to the effect that widespread violence being orchestrated by the opposition is threatening the 2019 general elections.

The allegation comes hours after dozens of civil society organisations in the country openly differed with the federal government over the activities of Boko Haram in the country.The CSO’s said that the dramatic rise in insecurity the country, particularly in the north east is a confirmation that Boko Haram has not been ‘technically defeated’

According to the minister, The Benue-based armed criminal group, led by Terwase AKWAZA, also known

as Gana, has been commissioned to strike soft targets in Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba States. In Kano State, a group of notorious miscreants have been mobilized by some prominent opposition leaders to provoke massive chaos before, during and after the elections. There is also an international dimension to the evil plan. Some armed mercenaries from Niger Republic have been contracted to attack top government functionaries, including state governors, across the North-west between now and the elections.


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