- A group has condemned reactions by the United Nations on the state of the fight against terrorism in Nigeria
- The group said Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated across the country
- According to members of the group, the statement credited to the UN may be a precursor to the re-arming of the terrorists to cause more havoc
An anti terrorism group has said that the dreaded Boko Haram sect operating in northeastern part of Nigeria has been defeated.
The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) said that contrary to the claim of the United Nations, the Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated across the country.
CATE reacting to reports by the United Nations Special Representative of the secretary general for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambers, said the reality on ground shows that the sect has lost its hold on Nigeria.
Chambers had earlier said that Boko Haram has not been defeated in the northeast.
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Speaking to journalist in Abuja, the executive director of CATE, Gabriel Onoja, however, said an independent analysts as well as peace and conflict resolution practitioners on the field shows that the terrorist group remains defeated.
Onoja expressed concern that the statement credited to the UN may be a precursor to the re-arming of the terrorists to cause more havoc. He said the statement by Ibn Chambers may have confirmed initial fears of international conspiracy to make Nigeria fail, wondering why the UN is yet to disown the statement.
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"CATE is therefore looking below the surface in assessing the position declared by the UN and Ibn Chambers’ because it implies there are steps being taken by these players to revive and re-arm Boko Haram to ensure that all possible outcomes tally with their perverted position.
"Irrespective of the twisted position that some key players may wish to adopt, our stand is that Boko Haram has been and remained defeated.
"The assessment that made us arrive at this conclusion is neither by the UN or the federal government of Nigeria’s standard but we rather rely on the reality on ground as can be attested to by independent analysts as well as peace and conflict resolution practitioners on the field.
"We urge the Nigerian military and government not to be caught napping," Onoja added.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the United Nations had earlier warned that terrorists operating in the northeast had not been defeated.
Ibn Chambers, a UN representative, said the Boko Haram group has been weakened but not yet defeated by the Nigerian forces. He said that the terrorist group till constituted a grave threat to the stability and survival of people in the Lake Chad region.
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