Rauf Aregbesola, the minister of the interior, described the attack on the Kuje detention facility and other acts around the nation as a “fallout” of the Federal Government’s victory over terrorism.
He made the comment on Tuesday in Lagos during a tour of correctional centres.
Aregbesola argued that the insurgents have been decimated and are only seeking relevance, noting that it would be a shame if Nigerians do not appreciate the efforts of the Federal Government.
He said the government was committed to completely eliminating the criminals.
“We are not vulnerable,” Mr Aregbesola said. “There might be motivation issues. We are not vulnerable.
“I want us to be very clear in our minds that if you fail to appreciate government efforts, it would be too sad. A time was when almost three-quarters 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, to successfully combat 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.”