The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says Nigeria is not a failed state and cannot go the way of Afghanistan where the Taliban has taken the rein of power.
The minister stated this in Washington DC during his interview with international media organisations including the BBC Radio and Television, Bloomberg and Politico.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the minister is in the U.S. to meet with international media organisations and think tanks on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and efforts made so far in tackling insurgency, banditry and all form of criminality.
Speaking with NAN after his respective meeting with the three media organisations, Mr Mohammed said allegation in certain quarter that the security situation in Nigeria could degenerate to that of Afghanistan was not correct.
He emphasised that Nigeria is winning the war against terror and the country cannot go the way of Afghanistan where Taliban, a terrorist group took over power.
“Nigeria is not and will not be a failed state. Yes, we have challenges in some corners of the country but that has not made Nigeria a failed state.
“A failed state is one where basic facilities are not available and everything has broken down but, Nigeria is not in that stage,’’ he said.
Mr Mohammed said Nigeria is not at war adding that fake news and disinformation was being used to portray the country in unreliable situation.
The minister noted that the development in Afghanistan had proven right the position of President Buhari that when fighting an unconventional war, the country had to be resourceful
“If what happened in Afghanistan is something to go by, then the federal government should be given kudos for the way it has handled insurgency in the last couple of years.
“The lessons from Afghanistan today is that for over 20 years of American intervention and over a trillion dollar spent and thousands of American lives lost, it took the Taliban just few weeks to recapture Afghanistan.