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FG Restates Commitments To Tackling Violent Extremism - Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government remains resolute in dismantling the structural conditions that make violent extremism to thrive in the country, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said. The Minister, who stated this in Abuja Tuesday at the public presentation of the 'Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism', identified such structural conditions to include unemployment, poverty, lack of education, corruption, and other social-economic factors. He said the Federal Government has embarked on developmental programmes as part of efforts to dismantle the conditions that feed into violent extremism.

 

The Minister said the government is also taking a bold step to address the issue of recharging the Lake Chad Basin, which has shrunk by 90% between 1963 and now, thereby impacting negatively on the livelihood of the people that depended on it for farming activities. He said that as part of its soft approach in tackling security challenges, the administration is equally engaging in dialogue with different key stakeholders in order to find possible and lasting solutions to the issue of herder-farmer conflicts, which is one of the security challenges confronting the nation.

 

Alhaji Mohammed said the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is committed to developing narratives and communication strategies that will completely dismantle and neutralize Boko Haram ideology and messages. While applauding the critical role the media is playing the fight against terrorism, the Minister encouraged the media to sustain the momentum and deny extremist groups the oxygen of publicity which they badly crave.

 

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