The Nigerian government on Friday called for patriotism, nationalism, and support for the armed forces to move the country in the right direction.

Minister of Information and National Orientation Alhaji Mohammed Idris made the call when Chief of Defence Staff General Christopher Musa paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

According to him, insurgency in Nigeria has moved away from ideology to economic benefits.

The minister described as unfortunate the bombing mishap in Kaduna State where over a hundred innocent Nigerians were killed by the military in error.

Idris said: “When we have issues of insurgency and banditry, it gives the country a bad image, and if not nipped in the bud, then there will be a problem. The concept of nationalism and patriotism must be brought back because we have seen the erosion of our national values.

“However, it is important for people to know what the Armed Forces are doing. They toil day and night and even pay the supreme price for us and the country to be safe. What happened at Tudun Biri in Kaduna State was unfortunate, and President Bola Tinubu has apologised. We appeal that, next time, due diligence should be done.

“However, we want to thank the Armed Forces for all that they have done and still doing to keep us safe.”

‘Insecurity gives Nigeria bad name’ – Minister of Information Mohammed Idris

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