President Muhammadu Buhari explained yesterday that the Boko Haram sect has resorted to carrying out their gory activities of attacking soft targets with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) because they were under intense pressure by the military in the forest.
He stated this when he sent a powerful delegation to two North East states of Adamawa and Borno to condole with their governments and people over the increased bombing activity by the terror group.
A statement by the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, Malam Shehu Garba, noted that the president spoke through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr David Lawal, who led the president’s delegation to the two states attacked by the insurgents at the weekend.
In his message at hospitals, emirs’ palaces and government houses in the two states as read by the SGF, the president said, “the security situation in the North East remains a great source of concern for me.
“Although there are clear indications that the military is recording great successes in the theatre of operations, the enemy has been able to carry out his murderous campaign by attacking soft targets using Improvised Explosive Devices.
“His intention is to create widespread fear amongst the civilian population since he cannot subdue our armed forces. The sporadic tactics used by these criminals is a sign that they are under intense pressure in the forests and in the countryside where they previously enjoyed a lot of freedom of action,” he said.
Buhari further expressed confidence in the military, saying, “the sheer tenacity displayed by our troops in the last three months has resulted in degrading the capacity of the enemy significantly”.
The president vowed that the Nigerian people cannot continue to remain victims of a senseless war, living in perpetual fear and denied the right to pursue their legitimate undertakings in peace.
Meanwhile, efforts by Nigeria troops yielded positive results yesterday as its 5th Brigade according a statement signed by its acting spokesman, Col Sani Kukasheka Usman, dislodged and destroyed all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.
During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa.
“The camps include some at the gateway to Kerenowa, Gumada and Dogon Gida. In addition, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.
Governors of the North Western states and Niger State yesterday promised to stop Boko Haram Insurgents from infiltrating into the North-West region.
The seven governors, who met in Kaduna, also reviewed the security approach towards ending cattle rustling and other security challenges within the region.
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