Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, has reacted to the attack on Kuje prison by terrorists.
Describing the attack and others as a “fallout” of the Federal Government’s success against terrorism during a tour of correctional centres in Lagos on Tuesday July 12, Aregbesola insisted that insurgents have been decimated and are only seeking relevance.
The Minister also said that it would be a sad if Nigerians do not appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government.
“We are not vulnerable. There might be issues with motivation, we are not vulnerable.
“I want us to be very clear in our minds, that if you fail to appreciate the efforts of government, it would be too sad. A time was when almost three-quarter of North-East was under the siege of the insurgents. That is not the case today.
“The insurgents do not have a foothold anywhere anymore. So, for us to be that successful in combating insurgency, we must expect some fallout. The fallout is what we are having. And that is what you see when any phenomenon is about to die.
“So, the insurgents and the associated evil companions, the bandits and the other coward criminals are taking advantage of the fact that the siege in their main theatre has weakened and scattered them. So they are desperately looking for relevance.
“My assurance to Nigerians is that we are up to it. We are not giving up. We are ready to give them the battle that will totally eliminate them.”