- Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, insists that Boko Haram has been technically defeated
- Mohammed says his conclusion on this follows his visit to the location where Boko Haram earlier held sway
- The minister explains that what is left in the country is part of the global challenge on terrorism
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's minister of information and culture, insisted on Monday, October 21, that the Boko Haram terrorist group has been technically defeated.
Mohammed said he stands by what he said in 2015 concerning the technical defeat of the group, which had continued its attack in the north eastern part of Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while speaking during a courtesy call at The Sun Newspaper in Lagos, the minister said: “I stand by what I said that Boko Haram is technically defeated.
“What we are having today is global terrorism where you have the ISIS, ISWAP Al-qaeda all working together.
“Terrorism is a global issue. Between 2009 and 2015, we were fighting Boko Haram, but today we are fighting global terrorism where the remnants of the Army in Syria are now joining hands with the ISWAP and others.”
Mohammed said he gave his position on the technical defeat of the Boko Haram in 2015 based on what he saw when he led a team of local and international journalists to a part of the north east where insurgency was serious in 2015.
He said: “I was on ground in Bama, Konduga and Maiduguri and I know what I saw before I made that claim.
“We are fighting global terrorism and that is why we are appealing to our foreign partners, especially the UN and our neighbours."
He expressed optimism that with more platforms and the new helicopters that are being expected, there will be tremendous improvement in the fight against insurgency.
Legit.ng earlier reported how an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by Boko Haram in the Lamba’a forest in Borno state against Nigerian soldiers killed seven terrorists and heavily wounded eight others.
The development was confirmed by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Nigerian Army Operations media coordinator, in Abuja.
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