The greatest legacy of the Muhammadu Buhari administration is to push Boko Haram insurgents out of all local government, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said yesterday.
He said the investigation on the Kuje Medium Custodial Centre attack has been concluded.
Aregbesola, who spoke at the fourth Edition of “the PMB administration scorecard 2015-2023 series” in Abuja, said Boko Haram insurgents no longer occupy local governments.
He said: “In 2015, Boko Haram members were holding territories in local governments in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, but today they have been dislodged.
“Today insurgents have been pushed out of our land. That will be our greatest legacy. That will be the greatest legacy of President Buhari.”
On the Kuje Correctional Centre attack, Aregbesola said a report of the investigation had been sent to the President.
The minister said some of the inmates who escaped from the facility have been recaptured while a large number of them were still at large.
He promised that such a security breach will not happen again.
Kuje Medium Custodial Centre was breached by members of the Boko Haram insurgents earlier this year.
Over 600 inmates, including Boko Haram members, escaped.
Aregbesola said President Buhari has completed three high-capacity custodial facilities across the country, each of which can keep 3,000 inmates.
The minister noted that custodial villages, which he said are the first of their kind in Africa, are equipped with standard healthcare facilities.
He said about 420 inmates are currently running degree programmes while about 100 of them have done their WAEC examination.
He said: “Exactly 3084 males are on the death row while 61 females are on the death row.
“I think that is a good record for our women, so continue to shy away from crime.”
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, lamented the increasing resort to fake news by a section of the media.
The resort to fake news, he said, has become a threat to President Buhari’s achievements.
The increasing resort to fake news and disinformation by a section of the media, he said, is becoming a great threat to the success of the 2023 general election.
According to him, it is generally assumed that thuggery, insecurity, vote buying, and attack on INEC facilities, are the biggest threats to the elections, but fake news and disinformation constitute an equally-potent threat because they are capable of hampering the success of the polls.
He said: “The increasing resort to fake news and disinformation by a section of the media is becoming a great threat to the success of the 2023 general election.
“It is generally assumed that thuggery, insecurity, vote buying, attack on INEC facilities, etc, are the biggest threats to the elections, but fake news and disinformation constitute an equally-potent threat because they are capable of hampering the success of the polls.
“In recent times, we have all witnessed how a letter purportedly from INEC was used to cast aspersions on the candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
“Shortly after that, the death of an innocent man was turned into a political tool to further attack the same APC candidate. Of course, there have been other cases similar to the two I have just enumerated.
“This is a dangerous development which must be nipped in the bud. If the opposition has suddenly realised that they cannot match the ruling party in a free and fair election, and have thus decided to weaponise fake news and disinformation, the media should not allow itself to be used for that nefarious purpose.
“Since launching our national campaign against fake news, disinformation and hate speech, in 2018, our strategy has been to use persuasion and enlightenment, rather than coercion. And that was why we partnered with a number of media houses for the campaign.”