Government warns foreign embassies against undue panic over Boko Haram

The Federal Government today expressed concern over recent spate of security alarms raised by most foreign embassies in the country over the threat of Boko Haram.   

 

The government is issuing the warning apparently in reaction to the latest statement by the United States government warning to its citizens of alleged impending attacks by dreaded extremist sect, Boko Haram, in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

 

Information Minister, Labaran Maku, who was stating the government’s position at the end of the weekly Executive Council of the Federation (FEC) on Wednesday, also urged media practitioners to exercise caution and be circumspect in reporting activities of the terrorists group.

 

According to Mr. Maku, the Federal Government has appeal to the United States and other foreign agencies operating in the country to avoid statements that could cause panic in the country, adding that though the message was directed at its citizens in Abuja, the embassy had no idea of the timing of the attacks, which it said would be targeted against hotels frequently visited by Westerners.

 

Mr. Maku, however, said there was nothing new in the statement, as it was similar to the ones issued about a year ago.

 

 While stating that the Federal Government concedes to every country the duty to ensure the safety of their nationals, the minister however said it must be done in such a way that it would not create undue panic in the country.

 

 “I still appeal that if they (foreign governments) have any doubt about the preparedness of our security agencies to tackle insecurity in the country, they should communicate to us,” he said.

 

“Our security agencies have increased their capacity to respond to these threats here in the FCT and other parts of the country and other places of public interest. We will continue to appeal to all foreign agencies to align more with our security agencies. Security does not come from such measures (such statements).”

 “The media need some time off,” he said. It appears to me that we get a lot of panic from sensational reports. We have a responsibility in this country to have some discernment on the time and space we give to anti-state groups. I believe it is wrong, I believe it is creating panic and hate across the country” the minister said.


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