By Muyiwa Bamidele
The Nigerian Minister of Information , Labaran Maku, says campaign to stamp out insurgency remains the topmost priority of the Federal Government as it succeeded in containing terrorism in the North East to Borno and Yobe in the last one year.
Speaking in a phone-in programme on Radio Nigeria, The minister said the massive deployment of men and materiel through the establishment of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri had stemmed the tide of attacks by insurgents in the North East.
Maku, who is also the Supervising Minister of Defence, said due to the huge investments required to set up an Army Division, government had prioritised the provision of funds to construct military barracks and other formations and infrastructure as well as the training of personnel and the provision of the necessary equipment to wipe out the activities of insurgents operating in the North East.
He gave an indication that Nigeria was working to secure the support of Cameroon to halt the infiltration of the country by insurgents, who carry out occasional attacks in isolated locations in the sub-region, via the Cameroon border.
The Minister further stated that the Federal Government was intervening in the economic recovery of the North East following the devastation and socio-economic setback suffered by the sub-region due to the insurgency.