The Presidency is insisting the war against Boko Haram insurgency has been won.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this late on Tuesday.
He 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.
“What we have now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals, and the Islam in 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,” the presidential aide added.
Shehu’s statement is coming days after Boko Haram Insurgents attacked and killed over 60 people in Borno state, Northeast Nigeria.
He noted that the nation has witnessed an increase of trans-border crimes and the proliferation of small arms in the Lake Chad Basin area as a result of what he described as ‘these international gangs’.
According to Shehu, outrages are common in Niger, Mali, Chad, and Cameroon while Nigeria is a large country covering nearly one million square kilometres.
“This is roughly equivalent to the size of France and Germany put together. In addition to our porous borders, in the neighbouring Sahel-Sahara region, a lot of ungoverned areas provide haven for terrorists’ occupation and training.
“Without the tremendous efforts of our armed forces and the joint operations by the Nigeria-led Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, formed by the countries of the Lake Chad Basin, this single problem of illegal arms flow would have been much worse,” he said.
The President’s spokesman insisted that the Nigerian government under President Muhammadu Buhari has made the country safer than it met it.
Despite increased attacks by the insurgents, the Presidency keeps insisting that the war against the terrorist sect has been won and the group decimated.