Boko Haram Desperately Seeking Relevance — Buratai

BENIN—THE Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai, said, yesterday, that Wednesday’s bomb attack which killed 22 persons at a mosque in Borno State was another desperate move by the Boko Haram sect to create the impression that its killer instinct still exists.

Buratai, who stated this during his maiden visit to the 4 Brigade Command in Benin, Edo State, following his earlier visit to 2 Division in Ibadan, Oyo State, explained that although it was unfortunate that young and innocent girls were being used by the terrorists to perpetrate their crime, the attack was “not unexpected because they (insurgents) are struggling to survive” with their dwindling membership.

Dismissing reports that the insurgency had come to an end, he said, “That report talking about the end of insurgency was not properly carried in the media. I did mention that insurgency is a very difficult situation. It is a global phenomenon and we will continue to struggle to ensure that it comes to an end very soon. This does not mean that insurgency will just disappear.”


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