The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday called on media outlets to reduce the coverage they give to the activities of insurgents.
He said the publicity is aiding the terrorists as it is the “oxygen which they desperately crave to survive”.
Speaking with newsmen in his Oro country home, Mohammed said the war against insurgency is being won, contrary to reports of a resurgence of the terrorists.
He revealed that men of the Nigerian military are working tirelessly to not just destroy the menace that the terrorist group represents but to also ensure there is no comeback.
He said: “The truth is that there is no resurgence of Boko Haram. Cowardly bombings and kidnappings are some of the hallmarks of an asymmetric warfare that insurgencies are.
And like I say all the time, such wars do not end by the signing of any truce. They taper off with time, as this one surely will.
Our men “are ensuring that never again will Boko Haram take control of our territories”.
Therefore, as we celebrate this Festival of Sacrifice, we owe the marked improvement in the security situation in our country in general and the North-East in particular to the men and women in uniform.
They have sacrificed so much to make our country safer than at any other time since the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009.
Yes, we are not totally out of the woods yet, but we are much better today than we were in 2015, when this administration assumed office.