Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has revealed that the war against Boko Haram insurgency has been won and the real Boko Haram has been defeated.
According to him, the terrorists the military is fighting are remnants of Boko Haram and international criminals taking advantage of the country’s porous border.
In a statement released on Tuesday on the ten years of the Boko Haram insurgency, he said: “What we have now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in the Maghreb together with West African terrorists bonding together.
This is a fall out of the collapse of the Libyan State, and from farther away, of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. They are taking advantage of our porous Sahelian borders.
As a consequence of these international gangs, we have seen an increase of trans-border crimes and the proliferation of small arms in the Lake Chad Basin area. Outrages are common in Niger, Mali, Chad and Cameroon.”
Shehu said the situation would have been worse but for the efforts of the army and the Nigeria-led Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), formed by the countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
“At the moment, the Nigerian government under Pres. Buhari has made the country safer than it met it. In 2015 when he took power, Boko Haram terrorism was active in nearly half the number of states in the country,” the presidential spokesman said.
“They controlled a territory the size of Belgium, with a flag and systems of administration and taxation of their own. Emirs and Chiefs had fled their domains along with hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens. Such is no more; they have been taken from them.”
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