Lai Mohammed: Insecurity Does Not Make Nigeria a Failed State

Recently Council on Foreign Affairs in the United States called Nigeria failed nation. With the alarming rate of insecurity in the country, many have been forced to label Nigeria a failed state. However, the Nigerian information minister, Lai Mohammed doesn’t buy that idea.


The Federal Government says it is “preposterous’’ for anyone to declare Nigeria a failed state on the basis of the country’s security challenges.

The Federal Government says it is “preposterous’’ for anyone to declare Nigeria a failed state on the basis of the country’s security challenges.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this in response to a recent declaration by the Council on Foreign Affairs in the United States that “Nigeria is at a point of no return with all the signs of a failed nation’’.

In an interview on Thursday in Abuja, the minister stressed that “Nigeria is not and cannot be a failed state

Mohammed said the declaration by the Council did not represent an official US policy.

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He said, “This declaration is merely the opinions of two persons, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations John Campbell, and the President Emeritus of World Peace Foundation, Robert Rotberg.

“Declaring any nation a failed state is not done at the whims and caprices of one or two persons, no matter their status.

“Just because Nigeria is facing security challenges, which we have acknowledged and which we are tackling, does not automatically make the country a failed state.”

The minister added, “Yes, the Council on Foreign Relations is a prominent US public policy Think Tank, but its opinion is not that of the US.

“Like former US Senator Daniel Moynihan said, ”You are entitled to your opinion but not your facts”.

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