…Says FG compiles report on political, religious, ethnic ‘opponents’
….Confirms arrest of Boko Haram sponsors in Kano
By Our Correspondent
The Minister of Defence, Major Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd) on Thursday said Nigeria is ‘bleeding now’.
The Minister stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the presidential ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Communication Team at the presidential villa, Abuja.
He also said that the government was making a comprehensive compilation of the identified enemies of the country, although he refused to make clarifications on that.
He said while incidents of domestic terrorism have reduced due to measures put in place by government, other problems arising from intolerance have heightened.
He cited the emergence of herders/farmers clashes, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB issues, banditry among others, who he said see violence as a legitimate alternative.
He also confirmed that some individuals who fund Boko Haram have been arrested particularly in Kano state, adding that some persons had contacted him for his intervention but he told them that the due process must be followed.
Magashi said the military would not be deterred but focused on eliminating all perceived threats as he expressed the hope that this objective could be achieved with the deployment of new military assets that would soon arrive.