DHQ dismisses Boko Haram video as diversionary

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The Defence Headquarters has dismissed the latest video of the insurgent group, Boko Haram as a mere churned out to divert its attention from the ongoing war to rid the country of terrorism.Reacting to the clip in a statement issued on Thursday, the Acting Director of Defence Information, Colonel Rabe Abubakar stated that the video depict the sect as exhibiting weakness and sign of the end of the dreaded sect.

“It is important to state here that the video clip is diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying Boko Haram sect to remain relevant.  The video clip is a complete show of weakness and sign that the end is near for the insurgents, hence it does not in any way poses threat to us.” Abubakar wrote.

According to the Defence Headquarters, the clip is assemblage of worshippers at the supposed Eid-El Kabir prayer which is a replica of the video clip released by the sect in 2014.

“This has cast aspersion to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.  The Nigerian military is highly committed to making lives unbearable to the enemies of this nation wherever they are and would do all that is required within its rules of engagement to ensure that no part of Nigerian territory is conducive and habitable for insurgents and any other criminals to stay and operate.” He wrote.

On why it dismissed the clip, the DHQ wrote that “The military believes so much in making statement through its action as evidenced in its past achievements rather than making noise in propaganda gimmick as exhibited by the Boko Haram elements in its recent video clip.

“All threat to leadership of our nation, military and citizens, should be discountenanced in its entirety as military is capable of further decimating the insurgents and providing security for all.

“While our operation will continue as planned with many terrorists already surrendering and may captives rescued, we advise all the remaining surviving Boko Haram terrorists to surrender now for their own good.

“The military wishes to reiterate its commitment, determination and resilience in stamping out Boko Haram and other related criminals across the country.  We urge Nigerians not to bother about the antics of the degraded sect. Meeting their waterloo is surely imminent.

“With the support and prayers from the good citizens of our great country the Armed Forces make bold to say that never again would insurgence be allowed to reign supreme in our fatherland.”

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