- Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie explains why Boko Haram war persists despite repeated statements by the government that the group had been technically defeated
- Onochie says the Boko Haram war is guerilla warfare and not a conventional warfare
- The presidential aide, however, notes that Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria has reduced under the Buhari administration
Lauretta Onochie, the special assistant to the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, on social media, has explained the reason for the prolonged Boko Haram insurgency in the northeastern part of Nigeria.
The presidential aide made the clarification in response to a tweet by a group questioning why the war against Boko Haram had persisted despite repeated statements by the government that the insurgents had been technically defeated.
She said the main reason why the war was ongoing is that the Boko Haram insurgency is guerilla warfare and not conventional warfare.
Giving examples, the presidential aide said between 1883-1914, the British, with their superior firepower, were held by Igbos in guerilla warfare known as the Ekumeku war. She also stated that the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers waged guerilla warfare 1983 – 2009.
The presidential aide, however, stated that Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria has reduced under the Buhari administration.
She noted that the same Boko Haram that carried out mass bombings in several parts of Nigeria in the past administration had been checked under the present government.
Onochie also stated that many displaced families have returned to their ancestral homes, children back in school while "Boko Haram's ability to bomb us is now zero".
Meanwhile, Jeremiah Useni, a retired general in the Nigerian Army has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to use his experience and training in the army in securing the release of some Plateau state indigenes captured by Boko Haram insurgents.
The retired general made the demand in reaction reports that a Plateau state indigene, Jennifer Ukambong Samuel and others from the state were recently abducted Boko Haram in Borno state.
Useni in a statement through his media consultant, Yiljap Abraham, said it was painful that the Plateau state indigenes were captured by the insurgents, Vanguard reports.
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