Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, says the federal government is working to end insecurity across the country by December 2022.
He said this at a joint security press conference held in Abuja on Monday.
Mr Aregbesola said security forces are working to “eliminate” those causing violent attacks in the country, saying December has been set as the deadline.
“Nigerians have the assurance of all of us that their security is guaranteed. So, we’re here to assure you that you’re safe; that is why we’re here on the instructions of the president that you’re safe and that each day going to December, our safety and security will be better,” he said.
“What we face mostly now are clashes of cowardly attacks from those that have been routed in one locality or the other moving to give a false impression that they’re still strong.
“Our ultimate goal is to eliminate them altogether and restore total peace in every inch of the Nigerian soil; that we’re going to do by God’s grace, by December of this year.
“It is sounding tall, but take it home, we’re determined to ensure that every inch of the Nigerian soil is safe. The determination is there and the order has been given.”
The former Osun governor added that the government “will not rest” till peace is restored to all parts of the country.
“But we shall continue to protect the lives and property of Nigerians and foreigners in our midst. We shall continue to work for the peace of the nation and deter elements that constitute threats to the people,” he said.
“We shall bear the full powers of the government to secure every inch of our land. We shall not rest until peace is fully restored in Nigeria.”
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