The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said President Muhammadu Buhari should be given kudos for believing in the military and deploying both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches in the fight against insurgency in Nigeria.
Mohammed made the remark while reacting to events in Afghanistan, where the Talibans took over the country’s government.
He said the development in Afghanistan had proven right the position of Buhari that when fighting an unconventional war, the country had to be resourceful.
The minister stated this during his respective interaction with Reuters, Washington Post and Bloomberg Quicktake, NAN reports, on Friday.
Mohammed said the situation in Afghanistan should make the world appreciate Nigeria more in the methods deployed in fighting insurgency.
He said: “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 dollars spent and thousands of American lives lost, it took the Taliban just a few weeks to recapture Afghanistan.
“This should be a lesson for everybody that when you are fighting an insurgency or movement driven by ideology, it is always difficult to overcome and you must be resourceful, deploying both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches.
“When people were saying we should invite mercenaries, the president was focused and maintained that our military has what it takes.”