Lai Mohammed Says Buhari Stopped Terrorists From Declaring Islamic State In Nigeria.
According to Lai, the intervention of Buhari was timely in stopping terrorists from declaring Nigeria an Islamic State. He added that Boko Haram had tried to thwart the development Nigeria had achieved over the years.
Lai Mohammed made the disclosure while addressing a press conference in Abuja.
The minister said: “With the way, the insurgents were going before this Administration came into office, with their control of a vast swath of land the size of Belgium, with their freewheeling attacks in almost a dozen states, including the Federal Capital Territory which was hit at least five times, perhaps they could have achieved their aim of declaring an Islamic State in Nigeria if President Buhari had not acted decisively.
“After all, in 2014, Boko Haram declared a Caliphate in Gwoza after capturing Bama and Gamboru as well as other towns and villages in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. They installed their own Emirs, collected taxes and flew their flag before the military dislodged them.”