Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the Nigerian military is close to completely defeating the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram.
He said the group could no longer mount conventional attacks against security forces or civilians.
“I think, technically, we have won the war.”
I think, technically, we have won the war.
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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, says his military is close to defeating the militant group Boko Haram.— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) December 24, 2015
However, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had on Wednesday said that the Nigerian military had met the December deadline to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.
The minister made this announcement during his maiden meeting with editorial heads of media houses in Lagos.
“Today, I can report that the war against Boko Haram is largely won,” He said.
_“I can confidently say this because just recently, I led a group of 33 journalists from both the local and international media to the hotbed of the insurgency, that is, Maiduguri, Kondugua, Kaoure and Bama.
“Today, I can report to you that the entire 70 plus kilometres stretch from Maiduguri to Bama and all the way to Banki which leads to Cameroon and the Central African Republic are in the hands of our gallant troops”_
It would be recalled that the president has given the army until the end of December to defeat Boko Haram whose six-year insurgency has devastated north-eastern Nigeria.
The insurgency is said to have killed about 17,000 people and left more than two million homeless in the northern part of Nigeria.