Ezekwesili faults military’s claim, says insurgents still in Sambisa

By Our Correspondent
The convener of the Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG group, Oby Ezekwesili, has hinted that the Nigerian Army has not captured Sambisa Forest in Borno State as widely held.
In a series of tweets, Ezekwesili noted that the capturing of Boko Haram stronghold, Camp Zairo, by the military in December last year, was not the same as capturing the dreaded Sambisa forest.
She wrote on her Twitter handle @obyezeks: “The famous Camp Zairo in Sambisa? Well, it turns out that capturing Camp Zairo is NOT equal to capturing Sambisa. It is just a spot in there.”
It will be recalled that following the invitation extended to the group by government to participate in the search mission the BBOG had given certain conditions before its members would join.
Specifically, the group requested a Pre-Tour Meeting with government officials and a retraction of some remarks allegedly made by the Chief of Army Staff, which it found to be slanderous.
The government in a letter signed by the Minister of Information ad Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had rejected the conditions given by the group and insisted that the team would proceed on the trip as scheduled.
Following the position of government, BBOG reviewed the conditions and indicated acceptance to participate in the exercise.
In a letter to the Minister , the group asked government to “quickly provide us more details of the tour duration and detailed logistics including the names of the local and international media on the delegation.
” We need this information to enable us send you a more substantial letter conveying our acceptance to join the Guided Tour”.
The Minister responded to the request by giving details of the trip and other requests by the group.

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