16 February 2016

Nigeria: We Have Massively Decimated Boko Haram, FG Insists

Photo: Defence Headquarters/Facebook
Troops pushing Into Boko Haram dens (file photo).

Abuja — The Minister of Information and Culture,Lai Muhammed, on Tuesday rose to the defense of the Federal Government in the fight against the insurgency,insisting that the Boko Haram sect has been massively decimated.

He said no Nigerian territory is under the strong hold of the sect whether in Borno or Adamawa state as recently alleged by the Senator representing Borno Central,Senator Baba Kaka Garbai.

Lai, at a press conference at the National Press Centre, Abuja noted that prior to the inception of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari the sect members usually overpowered the military personnel,ceased their arms and fought back with such weapons.

He wrote off insinuations that the Al Shabab sect was involved in training the boko haram members,stressing that Nigerians fails to understand that the war against terrorism was a global issue and the incursion of foreign allies cannot be underestimated.

According to Lai, the fact that intermittent attacks were still being carried out by the terrorists in the North East were indications that the sect has been decimated and were only reacting to the superior power of government.

On spate of bomb attacks in some IDP camps,where scores have been reportedly killed, particularly in the North East, he said the sect might be taking advantage of the gradual phasing out the military personnel and replacement with the police,civil defence,customs,immigration and other para-military agencies

"The current bombings by the boko haram sect should not surprise anyone who is conversant with the flow of insurgency during the period after it has been degraded. The fact that terrorists have been dispersed, they fled to the community and this is often followed by upsurge of terror attacks in the form of suicide bombing and sabotage of critical infrastructure,activities during this period are often carried out within population and against soft targets.

As part of our campaign which is still ongoing, we did say that our gallant military have succeeded in degrading massively the capacity of boko haram to launch the kind of spectacular attacks they used to carry out in the past.

We however warned of turns to resort to attacking soft targets which are highly venerable places like motor parks,entertainment,worship centres and markets, we then step up our public enlightenment campaign as part of effort to ensure the safety of our citizens as well as their property.

In recent times there has been a spate of suicide bombings and attacks in highly vulnerable communities in the North East by Boko Haram. We strongly condemn these mindless and cowardly attacks on Innocent citizens and we commiserate with the families of those who have been killed or injured in the attacks.

Many commentators have unfortunately lashed onto these attacks to infer to a resurgence of Boko Haram,but some have even made very outrageous statements regarding the terrorist controlled by boko haram.

Fortunately no less a personality than the President strongly backed by the Governors of Borno and Yobe states have debunked such unsubstantiated claims. There is no resurgence of boko haram,the terrorists remain massively degraded".

He appealed to Nigerians not to resort to unsubstantiated comments against the military as such may demoralize them in paying the supreme price to ensure our safety.

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