The Federal Government has described attacks on security operatives as a declaration of war against the country, adding that they will pay deadly for their senseless act of violence.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad, said this during a press conference on national security in Lagos State on Tuesday.
While condemning the recent killings of Police operatives by gunmen across various Police formations in the country, Lai Mohammed disclosed that the Federal Government is not overwhelmed by the security challenges.
He said, “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 only; 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.”
The Minister said the Federal Government is working on a 10-point agenda to tackle the country’s security challenges.
He also appealed to Nigerians to support security agencies, who face the added task of having to watch their backs while working to protect others.
“While the government continues with efforts to restore peace and security, I want to appeal to the people in the media to play their part in dousing the pervasive tension. The first step is to tone down the rhetoric, ” he added.