ABUJA – The Federal government, yesterday, alerted a plan by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to radicalise Nigerian youth, who were schooling abroad, calling on parents and guardians to monitor their wards closely.
The Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri stated this while briefing newsmen on security situation in the country, in Abuja, said the call became imperative based on intelligent report at the government’s disposal.
According to him, they are planning to do this through the use of the social media.
“The Centre wishes to alert the nation of intelligence reports indicating the radicalisation of our youths through the social media and a variety of other sources.
“The reports show that these youths who are mostly children of the rich and affluent are being recruited into ISIS.
“We, therefore, call on parents and guardians, especially those whose wards are schooling abroad, to closely monitor the activities of these students who may be susceptible to the antics of the promoters of the ISIS ideology,” Omeri said.
On insurgency in the North East, Omeri noted that there was a stiff resistance against insurgent incursion into the country at several locations, and the recapture of several towns and settlements which had Boko Haram presence earlier.
According to him, the locations where these successes have been recorded include: Gabchari, Abba Jabari, Gajigana, Gajiram, Damakar, Kumaliwa, Bosso, Wanti, Jeram and Karisungul which are currently under the firm control of our gallant troops.
These are in addition to Hong, Mubi North/South, Maiha, Michika, Shuwa, Wuro Gyambi, Gombi, Vimtim, Uba and Bazza (Adamawa); Mafa, Gamboru-Ngala, Malam-Fatori, Abadam, Marte, Monguno and Baga (Borno); Gujba and Gulani (Yobe) which had earlier been liberated.
The Centre called on Nigerians to be patriotic and appreciate the effort and sacrifice of the security personnel for the selfless manner in which they were prosecuting the anti-terror war.