The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has assured the nation’s broadcasters, under the aegis of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) of adequate security.
Speaking during a meeting with representatives of BON members in Abuja on Thursday, the minister appealed to them to support the Federal Government in the war against terrorism as part of efforts to provide the missing civilian component of the war against terrorism.
He also reinstated the Federal Government’s efforts to launch a National Security Awareness Campaign, saying that such efforts would make Nigerians more alert and prevent terrorists from attacking soft targets.
He said, ‘’specifically, the campaign is aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the need to support the military, which has availed itself creditably in the battle, as well as to own the war. It is also aimed at alerting Nigerians to the need to be more security conscious, to be able to identify Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), the weapon of choice being deployed by the cowardly terrorists, and also to fish out suicide bombers before they strike.
‘’We know that the terrorists, who have been routed from their strongholds, have now resorted to attacking soft targets, that is, highly vulnerable places like markets, motor parks, mosques, entertainment centres and schools, killing innocent people.
‘’That is why we believe that, as a government, we must now sensitise our people, so that they can be more security conscious and help to end the spate of suicide bombings that are the last vestiges of a fading insurgency.