- The presidency on Tuesday, July 30, revealed its position on the existence of Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria
- Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said that the federal government has defeated the real Boko Haram in the country
- Shehu said that the groups left are Boko Haram fugitive criminals, and West African terrorists who are working together
The presidency, through President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, July 30, said that the federal government has defeated the real Boko Haram.
Shehu said that those still in existence are only remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals, and West African terrorists who are bonding together, The Nation reports.
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The presidential spokesman said that the federal government was able to achieve this by collaborating with the military and Nigeria-led Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) who are dedicated in fighting insurgency in the country.
He added that the activities of terrorists have been reduced to remote parts of states like Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
Shehu said: “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated,
“At present, terrorist activities have been confined to the remote, rural agrarian areas of Borno State and pockets of outrages in Adamawa and Yobe states.
He further said that the President Buhari-led federal government has made Nigeria safer than it used to be.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, raised an alarm, saying Boko Haram insurgents have higher expertise and better technological weapons than the military.
He said this on Tuesday, July 29 in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, as he was welcoming the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and his entourage.
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